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External noise

Tires generate a portion of your vehicle’s pass-by noise. Buying tires with a good noise rating will lessen the impact of your driving on the environment around you.

The tire’s external noise level is shown as a decibel value. The sound wave icons indicate if the tire noise is below or above forthcoming European limits.

1 black wave: Quiet (3dB or more below the future European limit)
2 black waves: Moderate (between the future European limit and 3dB below)
3 black waves: Noisy (above the future European limit)

Decibels matter

An increase of just a few decibels represents a large difference in noise levels. In fact, a difference of 3dB doubles the amount of noise the tire produces.

Label values shown are for illustrative purposes only. Values for a certain tire line/size may vary.