Silent tires. How to "not fly" with a choice, I asked an experienced instructor – the answer surprised me

Today I will tell you how to choose silent or low-noise tires. Agree, the answer to this question from time to time interests any motorist, well, or almost everyone. In any case, until recently I was in the ranks of the highly inquisitive.


Now I can safely say that for my automotive experience, I finally figured out this truly difficult task. After all, the right choice of tires depends on what kind of silence there will be in the cabin for a "certain" number of years, because it's not every day that we choose a "shoe" for wheels. And if you fly with a choice, then there is no one to blame, for the next few seasons you "enjoy" the noise of the wheels.


noisy tires

Remember how each of us approaches the choice of new tires?


We ask friends, acquaintances, read on forums on the Internet, and when we arrive at the store, we are again lost from what we see on the shelves of the assortment, because in our time, the choice is simply huge - for every taste and purse. At this difficult moment, a consultant just appears out of nowhere and clearly, without hesitation, offers you tires according to your own requests. And I must say right away, the choice is often not the best, the tires are far from silent, but nothing can be changed.

What is the first thing to start from? I will tell you about the two most common mistakes when choosing tires.


The first mistake

Many people believe that the softer the tire, the quieter it goes. This is complete nonsense. Because winter tires are much softer than summer tires, but not all such tires are silent. Here, as in the summer version, there are noisy tires, little noisy and almost noiseless.


The second mistake.

Seeing an aggressive tread pattern on the tire, we conclude that it is noisy. But this is also a fundamentally wrong opinion. There are many varieties of tires (even with a very aggressive pattern), but they are relatively quiet.


What is the matter anyway? The whole "trick" is that each of the tire brands is designed for specific operating conditions.

For example, tires with an aggressive tread will make noise when driving on asphalt, it is not designed for high speeds and is mostly suitable for off-road driving.


There is also a universal rubber that is suitable for both speed and off-road. Many people mistakenly believe that she will also make noise, but this is not the case. There are several types of highway tires designed only for asphalt, but these types of tires make noise. Why?


Each of the motorists has repeatedly driven along the road with special vibration stages. The design options for these resonant sections can be peculiar: specially glued tapes on the roadbed, or a narrow likeness of "speed bumps" distributed at equal relatively small distances from each other. When you get into such lanes, the car body resonates and a strong noise vibration occurs in the car interior. What am I all about?


resonant canvas

This example corresponds to the effect that a properly selected rubber creates on the road. How to choose a silent bus?


The choice is not difficult to make. Surely, many motorists have observed that some tires have an uneven tread along the edge. That is, there are lamellas of different widths nearby (first wide, then narrower, then even narrower and so on to a very narrow one, and then wide again).


different width of lamellas


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