Standard Active Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021
ASTM F408-21

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

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

5.1 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.

5.2 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.


1.1 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 09.02
Developed by Subcommittee: F09.20
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/F0408-21
ICS Code: 83.160.10