I recently needed to get my left rear tire replaced because of a bulge in the sidewall. Upon the recommendation of the serviceman at the chain tire store I replace both rear tires.
He showed me a range of tires rated 2, 3 and 4 stars. A 4 star Michelin tires were $114, a 3 star Kuhmo tire was $99, and I didn't even consider a 2 star tire which was probably in the $60-70 range.
I basically went with the Kuhmo tire...I figured that it probably doesn't have the bells and whistles of the Michelin, but probably is better than the 2 star tires.
My question is how do I know what I need? If I went with the 2 star tire would I have regretted it later on?
What differentiates the different tiers of tires?
Are more expensive tires safer in general? Do they last longer? Do they handle better? Safety and handling are my major concerns because carrying precious cargo (my family). :)