Understanding UTQG Tire Ratings

When you are shopping for tires, you may find a Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) marked on the side of the tires. The standards for this rating were established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, but it is up to each manufacturer to rate their own tires.

The first number is the tread wear. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. Remember, however, that this may depend on your driving style and road conditions.

The second thing you will see is a letter showing how well the tire stops in a straight line on a wet surface. The highest grade possible is an AA. Just like a school report card, a tire rated B is not expected to perform as well. The lowest rating is a C.

The last part of the UTQG code is the temperature rating. Again, A is better than B which is better than C.

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