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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

When was the last time you closely inspected your tires for signs of damage or abnormal wear? Or checked the tire pressure? There’s no single component in a car more critical to its stability, handling and ride quality than tires, yet most of us don’t give them much thought until one goes flat.

You should be regularly checking your tires for signs of obvious damage or uneven wear (a possible sign of an alignment issue), keeping your tires properly inflated, rotating your tires on schedule, and checking your tire tread depth (you can do the penny test if you don’t have a tread depth tool). It’s simple preventative care that you can do in your driveway to ensure that you and your family stay safe while on the road this summer.

If the time has come to replace your tires, it’s important that you choose the right tires based on how, where, and what you drive, because all tires are not created equal. Here’s what you need to consider when you’re shopping for new tires:

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

What do you drive? If you drive a Porsche 911, your needs are vastly different from someone who drives a Honda Accord. The sports car driver is more concerned about the tire’s speed rating, grip, and performance, while the family man is more concerned about road noise, comfort, and longevity.

Where do you drive? If you live in Southern California, you’d be fine with a summer tire. But if you live in an area like Philadelphia that gets its fair share of snow and rain, you’re better off with an all-season tire that can handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. And if you live in Buffalo, you need a separate set of snow tires specifically for those brutal winter months.

How do you drive? If you’re someone who puts on a ton of highway miles each year, it makes sense to go with a tire that has a long treadlife. But if you want tires that make a car really stick in the twisties, you want a tire with a softer rubber compound, which naturally wears faster.

Michelin Premier A/S

I know that it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but Michelin has made our lives easier by combining many of these unique features into a single tire. Here are three great options to choose from:

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is an ultra-high performance all-season tire that combines a unique tread design with enhanced compound technology to provide summer levels of wet and dry grip with cold weather and snow mobility. It sounds impossible, but I have these tires on my car and they are amazing!

The Defender LTX M/S with EverTread compound is a great option for light truck and SUV/crossover owners looking for a strong tire that combines durable tread life (50,000-70,000 mile warranty), improved gravel wear, all-season confidence and excellent fuel efficiency in one. There’s also a Defender offering for regular cars and minivans, with an unbelievable 90,000 mile warranty.

The Michelin Premier A/S is a luxury performance touring tire with a revolutionary new EverGrip technology, which provides exceptional levels of safety even as the tires wear down. In most tires, as the rain grooves lose depth, the amount of water they can funnel away from the tire is diminished. But these tires have hidden grooves that emerge as the tire wears, providing additional help in channeling water away and maintaining wet traction over time.

Choosing The Right Tire

Hopefully this information will help you make an informed decision when it’s time for you to replace your tires. And of course, if you have any other questions, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Lillian Schaeffer

    December 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that regularly inspecting your tires is a good maintenance practice. I just got a new car, and I want to make sure I keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Perhaps it would be a good idea to check the tires regularly, and I’ll watch for signs that they need to be replaced like cracks or shallow tread.

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  3. Sandra Hexner

    June 28, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    My trailblazer needs some new tires and we want to make sure we get the right ones. I had no idea that there were different tires for us that drive more in the city compared to driving on the freeway. We drive a combination, but definitely more in the city, so we’ll have to ask our tire specialist to make sure we choose the right one. Thanks.

  4. Jane Ambrose

    August 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

    My husband has been telling me that he needs new tires for a while now, but neither of us is sure how to choose new ones. It is so true that where you are driving has a huge effect on what you’ll expect from your tires, like if you are expecting snow and need something like an all-season tire. It sounds to me like knowing what kind of car you have and what it may need to perform its best is the key to picking out the best tires fo r you. I’ll be sure to share this information with my husband.

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