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Old 06-12-2015, 05:45 PM   #21
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Around here using the horn is equivalent to giving someone the middle finger...at least that's how it's perceived. When I rode motorcyles the first two additions were always the Stebel horn and the flashing LED brake-light bar. Ultimately I quit riding because of all the idiots whom I was invisible to.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:03 PM   #22
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We all honk at friends when we see each other. Many times I am reluctant to hit the horn at some idiot. But lately, I have gotten better about it.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:04 PM   #23
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I honk at any deer I see on or near the highway. They will turn and run away. Their hearing is much better than their sight.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:16 PM   #24
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One thing I will say is that you should use it with some thought. A very small toot is all that is needed to get the text sending dweeb back to the task they should be focusing on. The loud long blast should only be used for impending danger.
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Some time ago I was first in line at the left turn lane, waiting for the light to change. As it did, there was a car approaching the limit line at the street I was turning on to, and it was not at all clear he intended to stop. (I seem to be in the minority of drivers who check before entering the intersection when the light changes). As the guy locks up his brakes, the jackass behind me leans on his horn (I'm sure he didn't bother looking anywhere but the light.) No one was behind him, and I was sorely temped to just sit there and smile at him through the whole green light, or pretend my car died, then scoot through on the yellow. But, that's not nice (and it is how people get shot).
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:30 PM   #27
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Today, I was in the car wash line... inching along with all the others. I was behind an older guy in a pickup truck. The driveway curves around at the entrance to the actual washing facility. There was plenty of room between me and the pickup in front (I'd say a good 20') . All of a sudden, the guy pops it into reverse and lurches backwards rather quickly - a very unexpected move in a car wash line! He was reversing so fast, it caught me off guard and I didn't know if he saw me. I honked to alert him that I was there while he continued to jet in reverse. His truck went completely across the front of my car, narrowly missing my bumper. He hit the curb on the curve with his right rear wheel and finally stopped.



He immediately rolled down his window and aggressively yelled out at me, "Hey, you got a problem?". I put my open hands up and replied "No problem... I was worried you didn't see me". He responded, "I saw ya" and that was the end of it.



My intent was to use the horn as an alert.... not a $#%@ you. People are too quick to jump into a road rage. I hate using my car horn!

The older I get the more fascinated I have become with communication. Being involved with adolescents my whole life it is amazing how often the message being sent is not the message received. Both sides have to interpret the actions or words in the same manner in order for the communication to occur. Many times it doesn't. He received the communication in a different manner and acted accordingly. Once he understood your intent his hostility apparently ended, though he forgot an opportunity to apologize! It appears you handled it perfectly. You sent the effective warning sound and disarmed the misguided verbal aggression also.


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Seriously, I have to use my horn 3 or 4 times per hour every day just to wake up the person texting when the stop light turns green .

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For me maybe not this often, but considering most of my trips are short ones, I have to do this fairly often, and FAR MORE often than I did 10 or 15 or 20 years ago. And even when I don't need to tap on the horn to wake up some clueless person texting or yapping on his cell phone, at many traffic lights I see a car not moving after the car ahead of him has moved far ahead after the light has turned green. I mutter to myself, "Green light, GO! Stop texting and DRIVE!"

Years ago, my ladyfriend got front-ended when some moron in a pick-up truck backed into her from a considerable distance. She kept hitting her horn but the guy never stopped or even slowed down. Even after hitting her car he didn't stop right away, causing further damage to her car!
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I use my horn to alert people that I'm about to use the rocket launcher.
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Tap-Toot for neighbor "hi".
Otherwise, rare.

We live in a town with few stop lights. Don't need them. Four way stops where everyone is courteous and understands how to make them work.

You'd have to see it to understand. Our kids live in the Chicago Suburbs, and cannot believe what they see here. Automatic 10 point drop in blood pressure.
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Last time was to wake a neighbors old hound dog up as he was sleeping in the road.

He didn't get upset, flip me off, or pull a gun. He really didn't care if I beeped, just continued sleeping in a sun spot. That's a pretty good life!
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:44 AM   #32
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I'm glad to see that most here don't use their horns. I don't know if most would agree, but I find those who blast the horn are the ones causing the initial problem.

Or to be more blunt, most horn blowers are rude idiots.
Yeah...the person texting at a green light or drifting into my lane doesn't deserve the rudeness of a horn blast.
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My pet peeve is people whose cars honk when they lock them. I wouldn't own one that did that; I assume you can program most to otherwise. My one car discreetly makes a non horn noise, the truck blinks its lights. Nothing like walking through a parking lot in my usual fog and some unoccupied vehicle beeps at me. Argh.
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I find myself reluctant to use the horn except for true danger (e.g., if I can maneuver away I'll do so, even if the other driver is the one doing the wrong maneuver) rather than use horn. Frankly, I don't trust the other drivers anymore and am fearful of road rage. "Discretion is the better part of valor."
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I opened the thread to say something about texters at red lights but I see other people have had this problem. How else can you wake them up from their virtual realities and stay in your car?
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I'm glad to see that most here don't use their horns. I don't know if most would agree, but I find those who blast the horn are the ones causing the initial problem.

Or to be more blunt, most horn blowers are rude idiots.
Yeah...the person texting at a green light or drifting into my lane doesn't deserve the rudeness of a horn blast.
I should add - in addition to warning about impending danger/fender-benders, I absolutely will lay on the horn when a phone-user isn't paying attention when the light turns green. If I could, I'd tazer them as well. They are a risk to everyone on the road, and pedestrians.

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My pet peeve is people whose cars honk when they lock them. I wouldn't own one that did that; I assume you can program most to otherwise. My one car discreetly makes a non horn noise, the truck blinks its lights. Nothing like walking through a parking lot in my usual fog and some unoccupied vehicle beeps at me. Argh.
Agree, I hate those things. I wish the default was to be OFF. For our CR-V, the first push just flashes lights, the second will beep. Easy to avoid the beep, and easy if you ever 'need' it, like to find your car.

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You should have shot him. His brain is likely getting soft; he needs culling.
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In Texas we used to say..

Concealed Carry--It's The New Horn

I think it was REWahoo that came up with that..
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I've owned a lot of cars / trucks--and probably couldn't tell you if the horn worked or not in half of them, outside of testing when I bought them. Just not a horn user, but don't know why.
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