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xgojim
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:06:31 AM

Who knew the simple car horn could be so useful? A trip to Shanghai reminds one that a vehicle feature we in the U.S. have been taught to use sparingly can still be a primary driving tool. Anyone who has experienced traffic jams in China knows that the locals are fond of expressing frustration with liberal use of their horns. In fact, the horn is so heavily used that car company engineers in China pay special attention to the quality and durability of their horn suppliers' products to ensure consumer satisfaction. This plays out at a typical busy city intersection, where a chorus of horns quickly sounds out when gridlock develops. Where the streets are wide, Chinese drivers also have a curious habit of simply double or triple parking their cars, as if abandoned, but that's another story.
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NedW
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 7:21:45 PM

Thank you for submitting this article, xgojim.
BBopp
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 5:47:27 PM

Certainly not outdated.
FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 4:07:09 PM

My horn sends a text message to the teen driver about to crash into me. Now that's something they'll pay attention to...
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 3:44:38 PM

True, been there, done that!
PCWHIZ
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 3:21:23 PM

Misused, but not outdated.
dunedate
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 3:12:00 PM

I guess that is the only way they have to rebel in a Communist system, for now!
blupupher
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 8:12:36 AM

It is a regional thing. I seldome hear a horn around here, and when I do it is a quick tap. I may have used mine once in the past month (light had been green for 2-3 seconds and I could see the driver in front was on the phone).
rahcat
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:09:33 AM

Not outdated as far as I am concerned.
beachd8
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:05:07 PM

I get honked at pretty much daily while driving through Stabba Ana because so many pedestrians cross illegally & the driver behind me cannot see that I'm stopped at a green light because a pedestrian with a death wish is in front of me. Maybe the fact that the drivers in the other lanes are also mysteriously ignoring the red light should be a clue to the idiot behind me who is laying on his horn.
Toonces2013
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:57:58 PM

The horn comes in handy when you are behind some Barbie who would rather fiddle with her cell phone than drive, at a red light.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:29:46 PM

Must be some kinda of Communist style road rage.
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:22:32 PM

How about a radio channel that only reaches a few car lengths?

"Hey dummy, use the long skinny pedal!"

The digital sign has been done, just hasn't caught on.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 1:29:16 PM

I can just see the road rage stories coming out of mobile flame wars now...
schatzila
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 1:02:02 PM

the horn in L.A. can get you a ticket
Dr Gas
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:41:42 PM

WHAT - "..in the U.S. have been taught to use sparingly can still be a primary driving tool."

SINCE WHEN?

I use it whenever someone does something stupid - that means at least once a day! And screw anyone that's offended that I honked at them!
wrunner
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:39:51 PM

Horns have their uses.

Try telling that to NY drivers in downtown NY city.

There you'll get the horn and a finger.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:59:20 AM

I like my horn and like others I use it sparingly, but I do use it. The only other alternative is to put Adderall in the water so I won't have to use it. I give people 3 seconds then give them a nudge. I've also had to use it once or twice to alert texters or other distracted drivers when they have swerved into my lane.
mkohly
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:48:39 AM

Only the horn can provide instant contact when I find someone drifting into my lane. If I had to use internet messaging, there would be a crash before I was able to send and/or they would be able to re-act
CyclistMO
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:44:19 AM

In Jamaica, I found that car horns are accepted as just another mode of conversation, especially for the taxis... a quick way to communicate with pedestrians as well as other cars.
evowner
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:44:08 AM

And in the US, people retaliate in road rage incidents with guns!
crep1291
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:02:53 AM

My horn is pretty much useless. It alerts me when I put the alarm system on and that's about it. I rarely need to notify other drivers. Traffic just isn't that bad around here.
wt32
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:01:20 AM

So texting is bad but having communication devices for the front and rear of your car is a good idea? How about we just use our cars to go places and get there safely?
Cothrom
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:52:18 AM

Outdated? How then do you keep other drivers from dozing off?
85XJ
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:30:02 AM

Personally, I like to blow my horn at the people who cross the line at a red light and then back up out of the intersection forgetting to take the car out of reverse. The look of surprise on their faces when the light turns green, I honk the horn, they stomp on the gas and their car jumps backwards, priceless.
eschroth442
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:29:06 AM

gotta keep the horn, how can I let other driver's know I'm pissed at them!!!
Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:12:42 AM

I, too, use the horn sparingly to notify an impending problem.

Sometimes, the potential problem happens so quickly, that there isn't even time to use the horn because you are reacting to the situation at hand.
Metrolizer
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:46:15 AM

Honking to alert someone in a building is rude.

The horn is out-moded by rolled-up car windows.

Parking lot conversations reveal that people who drive like sociopaths may actually BE sociopaths. Verbalizing comments at highway speed may be imprudent.
wamster
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:38:50 AM

I use my horn sparingly, like many others here, to alert or warn someone driving too slow or weaving due to texting and fiddling with their cell phones. I'll also give a couple of short beeps to thank a driver for some courtesy.

I want an ahooga horn!!
majormarket
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:01:35 AM

I love my horn, too.

As I get older, I find it is more useful to honk at distracted drivers: whether sitting too long at a light, texting, looking at their GPS, or driving too slow.
BburgCW
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:44:49 AM

I like my horn.
indycar3
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:37:43 AM

Agree with some other comments, I use the horn to get people to get off the phone, either talking or texting
AVKZ
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:24:04 AM

Is the tone of the horn an option they can buy?
Hawg1408
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:17:45 AM

Each to their own.
csblesson
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:13:28 AM

It is like that in several countries
lcleveland
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:10:35 AM

ok, but like sswathwood says wakeup the driver on the phone
SSwathwood
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:01:51 AM

I don't think the horn is out dated. Sometimes only way to wake up driver's on the phone to drive
FPLREP
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:57:38 AM

Around here the horn seems to be a way for some people to say "hi" to someone the saw yesterday. Sad because horns are meant to be used as a warning.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:56:47 AM

Another article that has nothing to do with gas prices.....
bar1035
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:45:58 AM

Not planning to ever go to China. Although sometimes plans change.
mkohly
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:37:10 AM

A blast on the horn is the only way to get the driver next to me mad enough to hang up the phone!
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:14:51 AM

I have seen traffic park the same way in Mexico as well but it wasn't done on a large scale.
CarefulDriver
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:12:37 AM

My horn is just fine. I don't know where they'd get this from.
gs7101
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:07:11 AM

Whatever!
el_fr
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:56:09 AM

Use them sparenly
Eugenian
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:53:56 AM

Horns will be with us for a long time to come.
335d1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:51:52 AM

Naw, keep it around. But it needs to sound good.
Rich1430
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:51:17 AM

You have to have a horn that will sound loud enough to jar someone awake to get their attention when they sit at a stop sign or traffic light too long.
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:38:26 AM

an accrued taste for the annoying
Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:35:43 AM

Gotta have my horn when the light turns green and the car ahead just sits there.
daequitz
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:32:16 AM

No friggin way - not with all of the darn wildlife up here. It comes in very handy; otherwise I'd have to get out and kick the deer. Crawl back in your hole John McCormick.
USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:23:53 AM

No way is it outdated, Impatient people 6 cars back blow them all the time at slow moving intersections.
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