To choose quiet touring tires, look at their width, height and material. Quieter tires may have less traction control than louder tires, so consider safety when making the choice.
To choose quiet touring tires, follow the steps below.
- Check the wheel size
- Check the tire width
- Pick soft tires
- Evaluate quietness and safety
Smaller wheels generate less noise, states ElevatingSound.com. A thicker layer of rubber in the tire also generates less noise, and smaller, 16-inch wheels leave more room for extra rubber than 18-inch wheels.
The narrower a tire is, the less noise it makes on the road. Look in the car's manual to find the narrowest possible recommended tire width for the vehicle.
Soft rubber is more noise-absorbent than hard rubber. These may, however, perform less effectively in fuel consumption and handling.
Quieter tires are more likely to experience problems with hydroplaning. They provide less traction in wet and dry conditions, notes TireRack.com. For this reason, weigh up how quiet the tires should be against the level of safety desired in driving on them.
TireRack.com's top recommended quiet touring tires are Hankook Optimo H727s as of 2015. They are developed for long wear and low noise but have good traction in all weather, even in snow. Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring is a grand touring tire that also comes highly recommended. These include a shock-absorbent layer of rubber that makes them 20 percent more cushioned than standard tires.