More and more countries and municipalities are taking measures to better protect their citizens from the dangers of road noise. For example, car-free city centres are no longer a rarity, and more and more municipalities are working on new mobility concepts that rely on an environmentally and noise-friendly mix of transport modes. In addition, attempts are being made to reduce road noise through the use of whisper asphalt and more roundabouts that avoid loud approach noises at traffic lights, through sound-absorbing noise barriers and speed limits. In addition, of course, each and every one of us can contribute to minimising our noise footprint by leaving the car at home more often and switching to the bicycle, for example. Not using the car to make deliveries for small errands can also have a positive effect on the general noise level in your neighbourhood.
In addition, it is important to create small oases of quiet for yourself during the day and to allow your hearing a little silence. After a loud concert or other activity where you are exposed to a lot of noise, it is a good idea to take a long walk in the forest the next day to give your ears a chance to regenerate.
If you want to check which places in your neighbourhood are particularly noisy, you can find up-to-date noise maps for many conurbations on the internet. These should help to take into account a positive noise development in future construction measures. Local authorities are also required by law to develop action plans every five years to improve the noise situation for citizens.