Even less grip to be gotten

Last week I complained about a proposed California tire-labeling regulation which emphasized low rolling resistance, for what I thought was a very good reason:

[T]ires with low rolling resistance have less actual road grip, pretty much by definition.

The Feds have now gotten into the act, and they’re selling the same brand of nonsense as those misbegotten Californians. The difference? Washington tacitly admits it. Behold their sample:

NHTSA sample tire rating

Obviously the work of Super Geniuses. (This screenshot is located on my server, just in case someone in D.C. tries to flush it down the memory hole.)


  1. McGehee »

    20 June 2009 · 1:53 pm

    Well, when the greenhouse effect leads to that there global warming, the entire earth will be a desert like in the Mad Max movies, so wet traction ratings won’t matter.

    …ya see.

  2. CGHill »

    20 June 2009 · 2:56 pm

    And we’ll probably be out of gasoline, too. Crap.

  3. John Owen Butler »

    20 June 2009 · 3:59 pm

    Do they have any ratings for the Jellystone Ranger-LT ?

  4. Jeffro »

    20 June 2009 · 10:22 pm

    That Acme! They are truly a company that makes everything.

  5. unimpressed »

    21 June 2009 · 12:48 am

    If you take the Global Warming a bit farther out than Mad Max, you’ll have Waterworld…..you got wet and then some.

  6. fillyjonk »

    21 June 2009 · 7:41 am

    Will the new, fuel-efficient cars go “Meep, meep!” when you hit the horn?

  7. McGehee »

    21 June 2009 · 5:55 pm

    If you take the Global Warming a bit farther out than Mad Max, you’ll have Waterworld.

    Maybe, but which one was the better movie, huh?

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