Pollution pp 587-593 | Cite as

Motor Vehicle Noise

  • William J. Galloway
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 2)


Noise from motor vehicles is the most pervasive source of urban noise. Except for locations near to airports where aircraft noise is excessive or near large industrial centers, motor vehicle noise is the controlling factor in setting the background noise levels of our environment. In those few situations where extensive community noise surveys have been made, vehicular traffic noise controlled the noise environment in more than 85 percent of the locations. In this paper we will briefly examine the overall noise characteristics of automobiles, motorcycles, and heavy trucks, and then consider how they aggregate into what we generally describe as “traffic noise.”


Traffic Noise Background Noise Level Aircraft Noise Average Noise Level Diesel Truck 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Galloway
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  1. 1.Bolt Beranek & Newman, Inc.Canoga ParkUSA

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