ASTM F408 - 99(2008)

    Standard Test Method for Tires for Wet Traction in Straight-Ahead Braking, Using a Towed Trailer

    Active Standard ASTM F408 | Developed by Subcommittee: F09.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.02


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    Significance and Use

    The measured values are traction properties of tires obtained with the towed trailer described here on a given road surface, under given environmental conditions (ambient and road surface temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, purity and film depth of water used to wet the road surface). They are carried out in accordance with the stated test procedures and reflect the performance of the total tire-vehicle environmental system. A change in any of these factors may change the measurements on a subsequent run of the test.

    These test methods are suitable for research and development purposes, where tires are compared during a single series of tests. They may not be suitable for regulatory statutes or specification acceptance, because the values obtained may not necessarily agree or correlate either in rank order or absolute traction performance level with those obtained on other road surfaces (or the same surface after additional wear), under other environmental conditions, or other towed trailers, or other test devices, or with results obtained with other test procedures.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of braking traction of tires designed for passenger cars or light trucks. Such braking traction measurements are applicable to conditions wherein the vehicle is traveling straight ahead on a wet, paved surface.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E274 Test Method for Skid Resistance of Paved Surfaces Using a Full-Scale Tire

    E1337 Test Method for Determining Longitudinal Peak Braking Coefficient of Paved Surfaces Using Standard Reference Test Tire

    F377 Practice for Calibration of Braking/Tractive Measuring Devices for Testing Tires

    F457 Test Method for Speed and Distance Calibration of Fifth Wheel Equipped With Either Analog or Digital Instrumentation

    F538 Terminology Relating to the Characteristics and Performance of Tires

    F1650 Practice for Evaluating Tire Traction Performance Data Under Varying Test Conditions


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.160.10 (Road vehicle tyres)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F0408-99R08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F408-99(2008), Standard Test Method for Tires for Wet Traction in Straight-Ahead Braking, Using a Towed Trailer, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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