Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)
What your UTQG rating can tell you about your tires
What’s UTQG anyway?
Created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) gives you the simple, comparative data you need to make an informed tire–buying decision. But it’s important to know that the UTQG tire ratings are based upon test results achieved under very specific conditions. So misinterpreting the data – as it relates specifically to your particular driving habits, conditions, etc. – is a possibility.
Basically, UTQG looks at the comparative performance levels of a tire based on government–specified tests. Tire manufacturers and brand name owners are required to grade regular and all–season tires in three categories: Treadwear, Traction and Temperature.
Treadwear is based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions.
Traction determines the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement.
Temperature measures the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat at speed.
Note: Snow tires are not required to have a UTQG rating. Please consult a Tires Plus professional if you are shopping for snow tires.