With a history that dates all the way back to 1888, Michelin has been out in front on many innovations in the tire industry. Michelin’s reputation for excellence has been well-deserved, and carries through to today with truck tires like the LTX A/T2 and LTX M/S. Michelin’s commitment to excellence in design and manufacturing carries through to their role in environmental protection and sustainable development, i.e. tires that use low-rolling-resistance tread compounds to help enhance fuel economy. Michelin’s a leader in the tire world, and for good reason — get a set of Michelins and you’ll find out.
For the best prices on Michelin tires, check out Sears.com. They are currently running a buy 3 get one 1 free when you need a new set of shoes for your car, truck or SUV. You need to use coupon code 48424 in stores only. They are becoming a savvy online company offering up to 25% off of tires. This offer cannot be used with the buy 3 deal, so choose wisely.
Another tip to save money is to buy a set of winter tires (if you live in a norther state) during spring and summer. They are offering 30%+ off of Michelin X-Ice tires, now is the time to buy them and put the in the garage until fall comes calling.
When it comes time to get a set of new tires, drivers have a lot of options. Traditionally, the most expensive option is to return to the dealership. Dealers will replace worn tires with original-equipment tires. This option can cost twice as much as going to the local shop down the street.
Another option is the discount tire retailer. These wholesale tire distributors sell tires at extreme discounts. In addition to low prices, they are often just a phone call or a mouse click away.
Ordering The Right Size Tire
Perhaps the most confusing part of tire buying is figuring out what those numbers on the sidewall of the tire mean. They are part of a simple standardized code that is required by federal law in order to describe tires, and to identify them in case of a recall.
You can read more in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online brochure, but here’s a quick primer:
Example of tire sidewall markings — P215/65R 15 95H M+S
- First up is a letter or letters, indicating the tire’s purpose: “P” for passenger cars or “LT” for light trucks are the most likely letters you’ll see.
- Next is a three-digit number. This is the tire’s width (in millimeters) from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.
- Then, a two-digit number which is the tire’s aspect ratio, or the ratio of height to width. The smaller the number, the shorter the sidewall.
- Next, a letter, probably “R,” which indicates radial construction. Almost every tire you encounter will be a radial nowadays, unless you’re buying tires for a classic car.
- Then, another two-digit number, which is the diameter of the wheel that the tire is intended to fit.
- Next, an optional two- or three-digit number. This is the tire’s load index number, and its inclusion is not required by law. The load index number corresponds with the tire’s load-carrying capacity. A site for discount tires has posted a handy chart with the load index numbers and loads. Simply put, don’t install a tire with a lower load index number than your manufacturer recommends. AOL Autos: Tire shopping lessons
- Next, a letter. This is the tire’s speed rating. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendation. You should only need to upgrade to a higher speed rating if you have modified your vehicle for track use, or if you are heading to Germany to drive on the Autobahn.
- Next, some more letters, usually “M+S” or “M/S.” This stands for mud and snow, and applies to most radial tires sold in America.
Remember when needing new tires, price can fluctuate quite a bit between national chains, local shops and online retailers. Be sure to do your research to ensure your are getting the best deal possible.
Travel Facts - Kenya
- Kenya is the 48th largest country in the world. Tourism is its second-biggest source of income, next to agriculture. While it may seem a world away, it shouldn't be hard to travel there from the US with direct flights to Nairobi and Mombasa.
- It is best to vacation in Kenya during the dry season (June-October), especially for a great safari experience and wildlife viewing. US travelers will have time to secure visas to enter Kenya, and single-entries may be applied for online.
- Sporty travelers may want to climb Mount Kenya, which features a wonderful aerial view of the nation's vast rugged terrain. Pathways to the summit are not clogged with tourists, but it will take five days to climb. Needless to say, one must have the necessary equipment for the trek.
- The best beach experience in East Africa is to be found in Diani, which boasts a long shoreline of 17 km. It's a great place for water sports like kitesurfing and jet skiing.
- More than a hundred years ago, it seemed an insane idea to build a railroad across the African brush but you can now ride the Nairobi-Mombasa train and watch the beautiful countryside slip by from the comfort of your carriage. The route takes over four hours to complete.
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