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What is Tire Traction?

Tire traction is used to gauge the ability of a tire to perform on dry and wet surfaces. Traction can vary based on a tire's tread patterns and compounds. Each tire has a tire traction rating that grades how well a new tire stops on wet roads when properly inflated. Each result is basedon controlled tests and graded with AA, A, B or C ratings. Traction ratings with a AA grade means a tire has the best possible traction while a C grade denotes the lowest.

Facts about tire traction

  • A tire with a soft, flexible compounds provides improved grip on dry surfaces
  • Deep groove treads are more equipped to handle wet pavement than thinner treads
  • High traction ratings mean better grip on wet pavement to prevent hydroplaning
  • Tire traction ratings don't factor turning or cornering capability