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Breaking the Code: What is Tire Traction Rating?

Breaking the Code: What is Tire Traction Rating?

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

  • Tires constructed with soft, flexible compounds provide improved grip on dry surfaces.
  • Deep groove treads are made to handle wet pavement.
  • High traction ratings mean you'll have better grip on wet pavement to prevent hydroplaning.
  • Tire traction ratings don't factor into the turning or cornering capability of a vehicle.
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