If you go on a long road trip, you’ll want to have a comfortable, smooth, quiet drive. That way, you can reach your destination still feeling fresh and sharp. Nothing can disrupt a car ride, however, like weird noises that make you worry that your car can safely take you from point A to point B.

Some Tires Get Loud When Driving

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Tires are one of the main culprits when it comes to producing distressing sounds. If your tires are being unusually noisy, here’s what could be to blame.

  • Air inside the tread’s grooves. When your tires have large tread, it means that air trapped between the grooves will have more volume, resulting in more noise coming from the tires.
  • Problems with the front wheel bearings. What you may be hearing is metal grinding against metal, indicating that your front wheel bearings are in trouble. If this is the case, you will want to go to the nearest Utah tire store and auto repair shop and have your bearings looked at and potentially replaced.
  • Recent tire rotations. This happens when there is uneven tread wear. When you rotate the tires, the part of the tread with more rubber will create friction with the road surface, creating the loud noise.
  • Not enough air in tires. When your tires are underinflated, they make noise. Stop by your nearest tire shop to pump up your tires to the manufacturer’s recommended level.
  • Rapid acceleration. If you are taking off in a hurry, your tires may react with squealing noises. Try accelerating more slowly to see if the noises die down.
  • Sudden braking. If you slam on the brakes, it is normal to hear a sound from your tires.
  • Turning at high speeds. When you take a turn too fast, one side of the tire is scraping the road surface and probably making noise in the process.
  • Excessive weight in your car. If you are carrying a lot of cargo in your vehicle, you will probably hear the tires groan under the weight.

To find out if that noise that you are hearing from your tires is normal or a sign of a problem with your car or tires, visit your nearby tire shop and auto repair center.