Anyone who’s ever driven a van for a living will know that they have never been the most comfortable of vehicles. In many ways it’s understandable as they’re there for a purpose, and that’s to do a job. They’re the workhorses of manufacturing and delivery drivers. What’s most important is that these vehicles need to be totally reliable and dependable. Yes they can be threadbare and a little Spartan, but that’s a small price to pay for the greater good.
But time has moved on, and things have now changed. Vehicle designers now appreciate that commercial vehicle drivers deserve a bit of peace and quiet too, so the modern breed of van is an entirely different animal these days to what we’ve been accustomed to. Unfortunately, there are still quite a lot of older vans on the road that are noisy and uncomfortable to drive. However, changes in health and safety legislation have meant that companies now have to modify these vehicles to protect their staff’s health. The Noise at Work regulations now places the responsibility on the employer to ensure that personnel are not exposed to excessive levels of noise whilst travelling in company vehicles.
Most businesses who are compelled by this legislation to make the necessary changes to fleet vehicles, probably expect the cost of soundproofing commercial vehicles to be prohibitive, but the fact of the matter is that it needn’t be. There are a number of companies that produce and manufacture a range of commercial vehicle soundproofing products that are both highly efficient and cost-effective. These companies work extensively with many responsible commercial companies, and help them to retro-fit both individual vehicles and whole company fleets. Sound proofing a commercial vehicle is easily achieved by reducing the engine noise, road noise and also the vibrations and the amplification effect generated in the rear of the vehicle. Soundproofing products are now also widely used in industrial vehicles like tractors, forklift trucks, surveillance vehicles, police dog vans, mod trucks, mini bus conversions, mini diggers, and mobile recording studios.
What sort of commercial vehicle soundproofing products are available?
Manufacturers produce a whole range of soundproofing products for commercial vans and vehicles. All of these tailored products deliver significant noise reduction and excellent thermal insulation properties. Below are just some of the typical soundproofing products available for use in retro-fitted commercial vehicles:
Engine Bay Solutions
Vibrasorb panels are applied to the bonnet lid to reduce vibrations and absorb engine noises.
Barrier Mat is applied to the bulkhead, inner wings and wheel arches where possible to reduce noise and vibration
Acoustic Engine Blankets are fitted over the engine.
Interior Cab Solutions
Barrier Mat is applied inside the cab to the seat boxes, doors, front wheel arches, and footwells.
Sound Barrier sheets are used on the front floors, under the seat boxes and between the seats.
Rear Panel and Floor Options
Barrier Mat or Egg Box vehicle soundproofing materials can be used to reduce the drumming of rear side and roof panels.
Sound Barrier can be used on the floor areas.
Lead Sandwich or Barrier Mat can be used on rear wheel arches.