8 reasons your tyres are noisy on Queensland’s roads

If the sound that your tyres make on the roads in Queensland makes you grate your teeth or gives you a mini migraine, it probably isn’t the quality of the roads that are the problem. There are several reasons your tyres could make a terrible noise. Contact with the road is only one of them.

In this article, you’ll learn the reasons why your tyres are so noisy. As you’ll realise, eliminating that irritating noise is mostly in your control.

  1. You’ve bought a tyre with large grooves. This means there is more air pushing through the tread, and this leads to a noisier tyre.
  2. You have recently rotated your tyres (helping to reduce uneven wear and increasing the life of the tyres). The noise will subside shortly.
  3. Your tyres are underinflated, making them screech and squeal as you turn corners or take bends. Inflate your tyres to the correct air pressure.
  4. You are driving your car at high speed, forcing the air through the tread at a faster rate. This increases the noise the flow of air makes. Either slow down or change your tyres for a set made for faster driving speeds.
  5. Accelerating fast from a standstill can cause screeching. It also wears the rubber faster. Keep the noise down by pulling away at a steady pace, and your tyres will last longer. Those boy racer driving tactics are expensive.
  6. Screeching is also caused by late and hard braking. Driving too fast or too close to the car in front is dangerous. Keep your distance, stay focused, and brake easier by reacting to the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you.
  7. Driving with a heavy load, pushing your tyres flatter to the road. Never drive with an excessive load, and always maintain the correct tyre pressure for the load you are hauling.
  8. If your wheel hums and the humming gets louder the faster you drive, it could be that your wheel bearings are not working properly. Worn wheel bearings could affect steering and safety. Get them checked immediately.

Wear and tear on tyres will affect the way your car handles over time. The change in noise that your tyres make may be the first indication that your tyres need attention, or it could be a symptom of poor driving technique.

When listening for a change in tyre noise, remember that driving on tyres that are made for heavy loads will be noisier. For a quieter drive, asymmetric treads are best. Tyres with directional treads are usually louder.

If you notice a change in the noise your tyres make on the roads around Brisbane, call Darra Tyres. Our experienced technicians will help you pinpoint the reason your tyres are making excessive noise, and help you choose the best tyre for your vehicle, the roads you drive on, and your driving style. They will also give you some handy tips on how to make your tyres last longer.

To get (probably) the best tyre service in Brisbane from friendly and expert technicians, contact Darra Tyres.

Keeping you safe on the roads,

Kevin Wood

About the Author

Kevin has been at the forefront of the tyre industry for over 20 years. Kevin's speciality is in industrial and commercial tyres including the management and upkeep of fleets. Kevin has worked with vehicles his whole career from painting, mechanical, suspension and panel beating he has also spent time in the Australia Army as a driver. He has driven all size of vehicles throughout his career so understands the demands placed on drivers.