February 21, 2022
Does your vehicle ride a bit rough? Do you want to add a little luxury to your next road trip or morning commute? TIRECRAFT can help you find the best car tires for the job.
Today’s post explains how tires affect driver comfort and road noise, then runs down The Drive’s top-3 best car tires for smoother rides. Read on or contact your local TIRECRAFT to start a free consultation and get help finding the best car tires for your unique needs and budget.
How Do Tires Affect Driver Comfort? Ask A TIRECRAFT Expert
Most drivers aren’t aware of just how much tire design affects your vehicles performance and ride comfort think, when rubber meets the road.
Granted, there are many factors that affect how smoothly your car, truck, or SUV rides, including the quality of your wheels and suspension. But without the right tires, you’re in for a bumpy and noisy drive, even with top-of-the-line wheels and suspension.
Let’s discuss a few different ways that tires affect ride comfort.
First, the placement of the sidewall elements can greatly affect ride comfort and road noise. To reduce perceived tire noise and sound vibration, some tire engineers selectively arrange tread elements of various sizes around the circumference of the tire, in a process known as pitch sequencing. This distributes the noise generated by the tread block design more evenly, making it less noticeable.
Another factor in your drive comfort and road noise generation is how air escapes through the tire’s voids when its contact patch meets the road. The placement of these voids, which are the gaps between the raised tread blocks, as well as that of the tire sipes, can greatly affect the level of road noise that is generated.
Additionally, the engineering of the tire sidewall can also affect road noise and ride comfort. Sidewalls help tires absorb vibration, which not only prevents excess road noise, but also gives your suspension system a bit of a break. Thicker sidewalls can help dampen noise by absorbing more road noise.
Finally, the tire’s rubber compounds can also impact the noise level. Stiffer compounds, like those used on summer performance tires, may generate more noise than softer compounds, like those used in snow tires.
What Are The Best Car Tires For Ride Comfort And Road Noise Reduction?
According to the research team at The Drive, these are the top-3 best car tires for drive comfort:
- The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Winter tire, designed with a variable pitch to absorb impact and reduce sound vibration
- The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-Season tire, with a phased tread block construction and easy-rolling rubber compound to reduce road noise
- The Michelin Premier A/S All-Season tire, with a specially formulated rubber compound and selectively arranged tread blocks, grooves, and sipes to minimize road noise and maximize drive comfort
Browse All The Best Car Tires For Ride Comfort At TIRECRAFT
For the last 30+ years, we’ve been helping Canadians find the best car tires for smooth rides, and save money with our customer loyalty programs and in-house promotions, and we can do the same for you. We carry all three of The Drive’s top-3 picks, along with a comprehensive catalog of tires engineered for creature comfort and minimal road noise.
To book a personalized consultation and find the best car tires for your unique needs and budget, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT.
Musoyka, A., Thomas, L., & Petrovski, N. (2021, October 13). Best tires for comfort and noise: Enjoy smoother rides. The Drive.Back