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Tire Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature - Columbus, GA

April 1st, 2013

The UTQG rating is made up of three components:

 
Treadwear
 
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track. A tire graded 200 would last twice as long on the government test course under specified test conditions as one graded 100. It is an oversimplification to assume treadwear grades will be proportional directly to your actual tire mileage. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may vary due to driving habits, service practices, differences in road characteristics and climate.
 
Traction
 
Traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B and C. They represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. The testing does not take into account cornering, hydroplaning or acceleration.
 
Temperature
 
The temperature grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B and C. These represent the tire's resistance to the generation of heat.
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