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Breaking the Code: What is Tire Treadwear Rating?

Breaking the Code: What is Tire Treadwear Rating?

Treadwear grade is a rating on the tire code that measures a tire's durability based on manufacturer tests. This rating is required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to determine how a quickly a tire wears compared to a standard reference tire, which is graded at 100. If a tire's treadwear rating is 300, that means it should last about three times as long as a standard tire with a 100 grade. In theory, the higher the grade, the longer the tread and actual tire should last.

Facts about treadwear grade

  • Rates both tread and overall tire life in comparison to a standard reference tire
  • Uses a standard reference tire within the manufacturer's line, not across brands
  • Compares the tire typically against one with a rating at 10
Tire Treadwear Code