Michelin, Hankook, BF Goodrich and Yokohama are some tire brand names. Other well-known tire manufacturers include Dunlop, Bridgestone and Continental. Established in 1871, Continental Corporation is one of the oldest tire brands.
As of 2015, Consumer Reports lists Michelin as the best tire brand available, according to an article on Tire Business. Consumer Reports organizes a tire-testing team each year to test several different tire brands according to certain criteria. Other tire brands on the Consumer Reports list include Goodyear, Nokian and Pirelli. Consumer Reports rates the Michelin tire above par in terms of handling, grip and resistance.
BF Goodrich was the first tire brand in North America. Founded in 1896, BF Goodrich provided the tires for the fist vehicle to drive across the United States, a model A Ford. In 1920, BF Goodrich also provided the tires for the St.Louis, the aircraft piloted by Charles Lindbergh on the first nonstop transatlantic flight.
Goodyear tires is another well-known tire brand with roots in the late 19th century. The Goodyear company name comes from Charles Goodyear who is the inventor of vulcanized rubber. Goodyear shares Charles Goodyear's name, but he was not a founder of the company and died in debt.