Why Are My Tires So Noisy?
April 21st, 2017
The drone of tires on pavement can be exhausting after a few hours’ time. Why are some tires so loud?
Tire manufacturers use computer technology to suppress road noise in tire designs, “tuning” the tread pattern and rubber to keep the noise down. As tires wear and the layer of rubber that meets the road gets thinner, tires will naturally start to get louder (and ride quality will usually suffer as well). Some tires are naturally going to be louder than others right out of the box – many truck tires, for instance, are inherently louder than passenger car tires, especially off-road, all-terrain or mud tire designs.
Sometimes things like expansion strips, rain grooves and other irregularities in pavement are going to make more noise, as well as dif ...