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What else is a spare tyre called?

There are a few different terms used to describe a space tyre. Mainly informal. These include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Donut: This term is used to refer to spare tyres that are smaller and lighter than regular tyres. They are usually designed for temporary use and can only be driven at lower speeds for a limited distance. The name "donut" comes from the fact that the tyre looks like a donut or a small circular pastry.

2. Space-saver: A space-saver tyre is also a smaller and lighter version of a regular tyre, but it is designed to take up less space in the car. These tyres are usually thinner than regular tyres. They should only be used on a temporary basis and replaced with a regular tyre as soon as possible.

3. Emergency tyre: This term is used to describe any type of spare tyre that is meant to be used in case of an emergency, such as a flat tyre or a blowout. The emergency tyre can be a donut, space-saver or a full-size spare tyre, depending on the vehicle.

4 Stepney: A "Stepney tyre" is simply another phrase for spare tyres. The term "Stepney" originates from an area in London where the inventors of the spare tyre, Thomas and Walter Davies, moved their business to. Stepney tyres is commonly used as the main phrase for spare tyres in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Malta.

5. Spare: The term "spare" is a general term used to refer to any extra tyre that is kept in the car for use in case of a flat or damaged tyre. The spare can be a donut, space-saver, or a full-size tyre.