Tire Rack Customer Survey Glossary of Terms

Saturday, May 15, 2010 by Roger Laughlin
One of the most common questions I get from customers new to Tire Rack is "what do each of the Tire Survey Results rating categories mean?" So, I thought I would take a minute to help clear this up!  

Dry Traction
This is an indication of the tire's ability to corner, brake, and grip during acceleration under dry road conditions.

Wet Traction
This is an indication of the tire's ability to corner, brake, and grip during acceleration under wet road conditions.

Hydroplaning Resistance
This is an indication of the tire's ability to resist hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a tire can no longer evacuate standing water between the road and the tire's tread causing the tire to lose contact with the road. This normally occurs when driving at moderate to high speeds and can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.

Light Snow Traction
This is an indication of the tire's ability to corner, brake, and grip during acceleration in snow accumulations of up to 4 inches.

Deep Snow Traction
This is an indication of the tire's ability to corner, brake, and grip during acceleration in snow accumulations in excess of 4 inches.

Ice Traction
This is an indication of the tire's ability to corner, brake, and grip during acceleration on ice or hard packed snow conditions.


Cornering Stability

This is an indication of how predictable the tire's response will be to the driver's input when cornering.

Steering Response
This is an indication of how quickly the tire will respond to the driver's steering inputs.

Ride Quality
This is an indication of the ride comfort or how smooth the tire's ride will be.

Noise
This is an indication of the noise level that will be emitted by the tire under normal driving conditions.

Tread Wear
This is an indication of how the tread is wearing compared to the expectation of the driver.

Total Miles Reported
This is a total of the all of the miles reported by all of the survey responses we have received for this tire model. 

Would you purchase this tire again?
This is an indication of how satisfied the driver is with the tire's overall performance and if the driver would consider purchasing the same tire again.

So now you have it! To see how your favorite tire selections stack up, visit Tire Research.

Comments on Tire Rack Customer Survey Glossary of Terms

Sunday, June 3, 2012 by Kenneth Friend:
What is meant by Grand Touring All-Season, Standard Touring All-Season, Passenger All-Season, and Highway All-Season? Your glossary does not say.
Monday, June 4, 2012 by Roger:
Thanks for your inquiry. Please find below a list of all of the various performance categories and their corresponding definitions:

Extreme Performance Summer
You want extreme dry street performance and are willing to trade some comfort and hydroplaning resistance to get it.

Max Performance Summer
You want an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling and only the finest will do.

Ultra High Performance Summer
You want an outstanding blend of dry and wet street traction and handling.

High Performance Summer
You want a good blend of dry and wet street performance when "re-tiring" your sports coupe or sedan.

Grand Touring Summer
You want a good blend of dry and wet street performance along with responsive handling and noise and ride comfort.

Track & Competition DOT
You want D.O.T.-legal street tires for autocross, racetrack or rally performance.

All-Season Passenger

Ultra High Performance All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) and are willing to trade some dry and wet traction and handling to get it.

High Performance All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) to drive your sports coupe or sedan in all weather conditions.

Performance All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) with a mixture of performance and appearance at a reasonable price.

Grand Touring All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) and responsive handling along with noise and ride comfort.

Standard Touring All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) along with enhanced handling and treadwear, as well as good noise and ride comfort.

Passenger All-Season
You want all-season versatility (including light snow traction) along with dependable tires that provide good wear and ride comfort.

If you are placing an order online, please be sure to reference my name at the end of the order in the "Previous Contact" area, so that I can watch over the order as it processes.

If you have any other questions or would like to place the order in person, please feel free to contact me at 1-800-428-8355, Ext. 627. I am normally at the Tire Rack on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST, and from 11:00am to 8:00pm EST on Tuesday's and Thursday's.

Please note: If replying to this email, please be sure to include the full contents of this message in your reply. This will allow me to respond more accurately and promptly to your message.

Best regards,

Roger

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