Which tyres are the quietest? Avoiding tyre noise with Bud’s Tyres. Excessive noise from your tyres probably is not what you want to be listening to on your daily commute. Luckily quiet tyres exist. There are a number of factors that determine the noise level coming from your vehicle. Tyres being one of them. Furthermore, there are a number of factors that determine the level of noise coming from your tyres. A quiet tyre is acoustically insulated to reduce road noise. Alternatively, your vehicles rubber may have once been barely noticeable with minimal road noise and has become more noticeable over time. This increase in noise can be a reflection of tyre damage and neglect.

Why are my tyres loud when I drive?

Could there be anything worse than travelling a long distance with a distressing sound? Whilst tyre brand and selection are crucial in addressing noise concerns, uneven tread wear is the most common reason why you tyres may be making excessive noise. Uneven tread wear can be the result of mis-alignment, infrequent rotation and a number of other factors. While a rotation is essential and highly recommended, you may initially hear some noise after taking your vehicle in for this service. Secondly, under-inflation is a major contributor. Driving conditions and habits may influence sound such as excessive braking, accelerating and dangerous speeds when turning.

Tyre brand and type

Each tyre has a unique sound profile. If you tyres has been noisy from day one it indicates they do not accomodate excessive noise. Depending on the purpose of your vehicle, you may not be able to get away from loud tyres. Vehicles designed for heavy loads or off-road driving conditions, low-profile tyres, run-flat tyres, snow tyres, all-terrain and performance tyres do not offer a ‘quite tyre’ but a select few may offer a noise reducing element. If your passenger vehicle is built to travel on paved roads you will be spoilt for choice.

Tyre neglect

Tyre care and lack of will guarantee your tyre noise will be reduced, or increased. Disturbing tyre noise is often the result of tyre neglect. Failing to correctly maintain your tyres including regular tyre inspection, wheel balancing, alignment and rotation will promote uneven, excessive tyre wear.

Wider vs narrow tyres

Friction is caused by the amount of rubber on the road. The road is exposed to more rubber with wide tyres and therefore provides more traction and ultimately, more noise. However, it is crucial to look into whether wider or narrower tyres are best for you. The advantages may outweigh the noise suppression element of narrow tyres. A wider tyre may be best if you are carrying more weight, driving in wet weather and are looking for more traction.

Do quiet tyres really work?

Quiet tyres are often popular among passenger vehicles for city and highway drivers. They really do work. Upon selecting a new tyre you are presented with a number of combined features to suit your driving habits and vehicle. It is worth considering what is at the top of your list to suit your driving requirements. Cost, ride quality, load capability, wear, fuel economy or noise suppression? A noise reducing feature is more common than you think. Most manufactures offer a number of quiet tyre options.

The only notable downside is the noise reduction for surrounding cars and passengers. This means that as a driver you have to have an increased awareness of your surroundings so that others can hear and see you.

The technology behind quiet tyres is elite. A polyether-based polyurethane foam cushion is inserted as an interior layer of the tyre tread between the tyre and wheel. This cushion targets motion, vibrations and common road noise. Notably, it does not limit tyre performance or alter other characteristics of the tyre. Successively, driving comfort is improved by absorbing impact noise.

What else could contribute to road noise

If you own a light truck, 4WD unfortunately you are pretty limited in what you can do to combat road noise. Addressing the mechanical components of your vehicle and making sure everything is working as it should is the first step. Enhanced driver and passenger floor mats may help to soundproof the floor of the car if you are willing to invest in them. Soundproofing efforts to the trunk, doors and window seals may also help.

Top Picks: Quiet Tyres

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack

Michelin Defender A/S Radial Tyre

Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tyre

Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring

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