How to Make Your Ride Quieter on the Road
Having headaches recently? Feeling tired, irritated, and stressed whenever you drive? And are you sensitive to loud noises?
If you’ve answered yes to all three, then chances are there's too much noise inside your car. Car noise is often taken for granted by many car manufacturers since they assume that safety and performance are what many people want in a car. And while there's almost always a truth to this, they neglect one important element that's also essential in a good, quality vehicle: a peaceful environment for a comfortable drive.
Too much noise, with their jarring noise and irritating sounds, can cause fatigue and headaches that not only makes for an uncomfortable ride but could also affect the quality of a person's driving on the road.
Types of Noise
There are many kinds of noise you can hear inside a car, but usually, they fall into four categories: wind, mechanical (like rattling sounds from the steering wheel), road, and engine noise.
All these sounds can be irritating depending on their loudness and your sensitivity to sound. And if your tolerance and sensitivity to loud noise is high, then choosing a quiet car should be your utmost priority. Here are some things you need to consider before buying a car:
A car's model can influence how much noise it makes. For instance, more established cars that have gone through many generations are usually updated, and in these cases, their noise levels may change depending on the year they were made. Take, for instance, the new Mazda 6. Many say that its previous generation was quite noisy, so they reduced cabin noise by 25 percent on their latest update.
When it comes to noise, does it really matter if your car is a sedan, a truck, or an SUV?
In many cases, it does. Often, trucks and SUVs are much noisier, since their larger and taller frames have more surface areas for the wind to hit at. When this happens, then the level of wind noise gets higher as well.
Sedans, on the other hand, create less noise compared to SUVs--and even less noise compared to pickup trucks. Pickup trucks, especially when their cargo areas are open, generate a lot of noise from the open space at the back.
A lowered chassis generates more noise compared to a higher o because the lower it gets, the closer the car's entire body comes to the road. This is the reason why many sports cars are often noisy -- their body needs to be lowered to make them more stable and faster on the track.
A car with a softer suspension does not transfer a lot of vibrations from the road to the cabin, so it creates less noise inside. Stiffer suspensions, on the other hand, are less quiet, since the vibrations between the road to the cabin are much stronger.
Once upon a time, diesel engines were known for creating a lot of noise, especially when driven at lower speeds. Technology, however, has changed all of that. Today, many diesel vehicles are just as quiet as their gasoline counterparts, especially when worked at lower revs.
Car windows are important when it comes to buffering wind noise. In fact, even closing the windows can significantly lower your noise level down. However, if you seriously want to soundproof your car, then the best thing you can do is to use plastic laminate for your glass windows. Not only does it block noise well, it can also protect you by holding together well and not shattering in case of an accident.
You think tires don't have anything to do with noise? Yes, they do. In fact, tires play an important role when it comes to your car's noise level that we're dedicating an entire blog post just for it. But as a general rule:
- The narrower the tires, the lesser the noise level.
- The smaller the wheel, the less noise it will give out.
- Tire patterns and treads can also affect a car's noise level, just as the kind of rubber used by each tire manufacturer.
Sometimes, what's inside your car can efficiently block loud noises from coming through, such as car pillows or even a thick rug on the floor.
Performance and good safety features are not the only ones you should consider when buying a car. At the end of the day, it's also important that it provides you a haven of comfort and relaxation on the road. And while you can't avoid noise from getting inside your car, you can take steps to minimize them by following the suggestions we've given here.