Acoustic insulations can help avoid spooked horses

We often talk about acoustic insulations’ applications in built-up areas, where they can prevent unwanted engine noise from adding to the roar of the urban jungle.

But move into a rural setting, and the issues are in some ways the same, but in other ways very different.

Quite apart from the risk of disrupting the idyllic peace and quiet of the British countryside, there’s also the likelihood of encountering other road users, including horse riders.

In the latest column from IAM Drive and Survive’s head of training, Simon Elstow, he warns of the risks of spooking horses due to unsuitable levels of engine noise.

“Horses are unpredictable, so don’t risk startling them by rushing up or making sudden noises when passing,” he advises.

In this instance, acoustic insulations lining the engine bay can help to prevent loud engine noises from causing a hazard to both the motorist and the horse rider.

However, some sound from the vehicle is equally important, to alert the horse to the vehicle’s presence when approaching from behind.

As with hybrid and electric vehicles, the need for some engine noise – even if it is artificially produced – is an important safety concern, and further acoustic insulations in the interior cabin can help to keep this noise outside the car where it belongs.