A spare wheel is commonly known as a Stepney. It is an additional tyre present in the vehicle which comes into play as a backup in case any of the tyres face issues while running like low air pressure, a puncture or even a tyre burst. This serves as a direct replacement for the damaged tyre so that the vehicle can be driven to the nearest technician for diagnosis or replacement.
In the good olden days, most vehicles were supplied with a full size spare wheel which served as a full time replacement not requiring a swap after preparing the damaged tyre. Nowadays, vehicles are supplied with a space saver spare wheel which cannot be used as a permanent option. These wheels are manufactured with the perspective to serve for a limited distance and not a permanent replacement. Hence, these wheels are not meant to last long on the vehicle. These space saver wheels are narrower than the stock tyre and mostly with a steel rim of a much smaller diameter as compared to the alloy wheel. These are mostly capped at a top speed of 80 kmph and can run only 250 kilometres.
Nowadays, many vehicles are simply supplied with a puncture repair kit along with a portable tyre inflator. In performance oriented vehicles, this is a much necessary move to reduce unladen weight, but many automotive manufacturers in India have begun doing so to cut costs in a hideous way. Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor are no longer offered with a full size or even a space saver spare wheel.
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