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Tire with bead damage

This is my front passenger tire. As you can see, there is a large crack where you can see wire underneath. I ordered new tires that are supposed to arrive on Friday, however, I still need to get to & from work every day this week (approximately 10 miles of highway x2 per day). Is this tire safe to drive to work, or should I wait to drive it directly to the mechanic to change out the tires when they arrive?

Thanks!

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    If I were driving on this tire, I would make sure my life insurance is paid up, especially if I had to drive on the highway. At the very least, stay in the slow lane, assuming your state has one. And since the tread is down to the wear bars, I'd definitely not drive if there is water on the road. – BillDOe Oct 19 '15 at 5:29
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    @BillOer: Yes, but can you pay up everyone else's life insurance? user - No, of course you can't safely take that out on a public road. It's not even a close call. – T.J. Crowder Oct 19 '15 at 10:05
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    Just rub some boot polish on it and it'll be fine. – PCARR Oct 19 '15 at 18:53
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    don't you have a spare tire in your car? – njzk2 Oct 19 '15 at 20:28
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    This is the only thing you should consider doing with this tyre. Even without the cracks, the tread wear is far out of legal limits in countries with reasonable vehicle safely laws. I think I'd rather drive (to the nearest tyre store) with the donut tyre thats been rotting away in my vehicle for more than 10 years. – Digital Trauma Oct 19 '15 at 23:49
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The only advice anyone could possibly give about this tire is that it should not be taken on the road. Out of respect for other peoples lives, the car should not be driven with even one tire like that on it.

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    If it's exactly one tyre that bad, you should be able to put the spare on. Even a low-profile spare which might have lower load/speed/total distance limits is at least safe to drive on. It might be better to put a space-saver spare on the back and a back tyre on the front for better handling/braking. Check the recommendations if you have a spare like that (I've only had cars with full-size spares). – Chris H Oct 19 '15 at 10:39
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    @ChrisH 2 x 10 miles x 5 days = 100 miles, that's quite a lot to ask from a spare tire. Most of those are rated up to 50-70 miles. – Dmitry Grigoryev Oct 19 '15 at 13:07
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    @DmitryGrigoryev, I was surprised to see that, but my caveat about checking is only reinforced. Because my spares have always been full size and full quality, and most of my cars have had steel wheels until recently, swapping the spare on has been a valid solution. – Chris H Oct 19 '15 at 14:00
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    @DmitryGrigoryev You're probably right, but there were some exceptions in the window between when full sized tires were phased out and they decided to only provide a can of fix a flat. The donut in my 06 Buick LaCrosse is rated for 3000 miles at 65mph. (Not that trying to get all 3k miles out before replacing it is a good idea; but it does make getting a flat 150 miles from home at o'dark thirty less of a crisis.) – Dan Neely Oct 19 '15 at 22:05
  • When this happened to our car, we took it on the road exactly once - when it was time to go to the dealership. (The incident that caused the tires to be exposed also did a number on the brakes... and we decided it was time to get a new one...) – corsiKa Oct 20 '15 at 14:55
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In the UK, it would be illegal to drive on this tyre. Therefore, if you were stopped by the police, they would have the right to stop you driving further, order a tow-truck to collect your car and remove it. They could then fine you and charge you for the costs of towing and returning your car.

I don't know about other countries.

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    It's illegal in the US as well. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 19 '15 at 20:31
  • And Canada. You can probably get away with it in China. – Nelson Oct 20 '15 at 6:31
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    And Germany. You can probably get away with it staying inside your garage. – phresnel Oct 20 '15 at 8:09
  • Don't forget the mandatory 3 points on the license for each bald/unsafe tyre you get caught with – Mauro Oct 20 '15 at 8:56
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The tire in the photograph is not safe to drive on, but that does not mean that you cannot drive the vehicle to work. If the vehicle has a full-size spare tire, then replace the worn tire with the spare, and use the worn tire as a spare.

If in fact you do need to use the worn tire as a spare, then keep the speed below 50 KPH / 30 MPH. That speed is often considered the speed at which the rotating stresses on the tire approach or exceed the weight stresses on the tire.

Note also that your worn tire is not worn evenly. That likely means that your front-end needs to be properly aligned, lest you wear out the new tires in short order as well.

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As others pointed out, it is not safe to drive on this tire. This is the perfect time, to take your bicycle out of the garage to go to work.

10 miles (16 km) won't take you much longer than 45 minutes. Put a fresh shirt and underpants in your backpack, because if you are untrained, it will make you sweat. But at the end of the week, when your new tires arrive, you don't want to miss the healthy ride in the morning and evening anymore.

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    This does not fundamentally answer the question. – Zaid Oct 20 '15 at 8:20
  • I know, but it answeres the question fundamentalistic. – Pascal Rosin Oct 20 '15 at 11:26
  • The underlying answer here is "find another way to get to and from work" which is fair and reasonable. Uber, ride sharing, take a train/bus, even biking are all alternatives which mean this tyre doesn't get used. – Criggie Jan 21 '17 at 9:20

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