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Uniform Tire Quality Grading System (UTQG)


Except for snow tires, the DOT requires the manufacturers to grade passenger car tires based on three performance factors: tread wear, traction, and temperature resistance.



Tread Wear

  • More Than 100 - Better
  • 100 - Baseline
  • Less Than 100 - Poor


Tread Wear

    * Of current tires...

  • 15% are rated below 200
  • 25% are rated 201 - 300
  • 32% are rated 301 - 400
  • 20% are rated 401 - 500
  • 6% are rated 501 - 600
  • 2% are rated above 601


The tread wear 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 wear twice as long on the government test track as one graded 100. Your actual tire mileage depends upon the conditions of their use and may vary due to driving habits, service practices, differences in road characteristics and climate. Note: Tread wear grades are valid only for comparisons within a manufacturer's product line. They are not valid for comparisons between manufacturers.



  • AA - Best
  • A - Very good
  • B - Intermediate
  • C - Acceptable

    * Of current tires...

  • 15% are rated “AA”
  • 77% are rated “A”
  • 7% are rated “B”
  • only 4 line of tires rated “C”


Traction grades 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 Traction grade is based upon "straight ahead" braking tests; it does not indicate cornering ability.



  • A - Best
  • B - Intermediate
  • C - Acceptable

* Of current tires...

  • 62% are rated “A”
  • 34% are rated “B”
  • 4% are rated “C”


The temperature grades represent the tire's resistance to the generation of heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperatures can cause the materials of the tire to degenerate and thus reduce tire life. Excessive temperatures can lead to tire failure. Federal law requires that all tires meet at least the minimal requirements of Grade C.


*Current tire statistics provided by the NHTSA.