How do you feel about horns? Car horns. When people honk their horns. Are you a horn honker?
I don't like it when horns are honked, and I don't use mine.
It really stresses me out when I am driving and I hear a honked horn. I immediately tense up wondering, "am I being honked at?" "am I doing something wrong?" "am I about to hit someone?" "is someone about to hit me?" "what is going on?!" "why would someone honk a horn!!!" I really hate the sound. I think it is really distracting, and I think it is kind of rude.
I am willing to be educated on the purposes and reasons behind horn honking, so if you know of any, please share in the comments.
I will share my thoughts on the horn.
To me the only purpose of the horn is to show indignation, or similar feelings.
The other day, I pulled out of my street onto a busier street. I should have had plenty of time, but sadly it was raining and I had old tires (I got new ones last week!), and I skidded on the wet pavement, so the oncoming traffic was closer than I would have desired. The woman coming up behind on the busier street honked at me very loudly. That did not help the stressful situation I was already in. Then at the next light, as I sat in the left turn lane, she honked at me again and glared at me as she drove by. I think her purpose in honking was to show her indignation at my poor decision making. I think she should have been watching the road, because it was raining after all.
The other day I was driving in an intersection where I my street did not have a stop sign, but the other did. A man pulled right in front of me. I assume he thought it was a 4-way stop. I did not honk. I slammed on my brakes.
The other day I was driving through an intersection and had a green light. A man turned onto the street right in front of me. I did not honk. I slowed down.
I think that the horn has somehow replaced braking.
I am trying to think of situations where a horn could be used. A child runs into the street and doesn't see you. Honk? No. I think you should brake.
Someone pulls in front of you? Honk? No. I think you should brake.
What purpose does honking serve? For drivers like me (even if we're not being honked at), it stresses us out. The only purpose of honking is to show how upset you are. It is for your benefit, not for the other driver's. If the driver you are honking at honestly did not know that he was being a poor driver, then your honk probably won't help. He will continue to be oblivious. And if the driver did know that she was being a poor driver, then your honk still won't help, because she doesn't care. So honking serves no purpose except for you to vent your feelings of I-can't-believe-that-driver-would-do-that.
I did see a good reason to honk yesterday. We drove down the street on the way to my in-laws' house, and there was a sign saying someone was celebrating his 100th birthday and to honk to join in the celebration. That is a good reason to honk. Honk for joy—not anger.
Anyway, let me know if you feel you are justified in your honking, because I wouldn't mind changing my opinion. But I don't think you will turn me into a honker. It just seems so rude to honk. It's like yelling. The person already probably knows he cut you off. Honking only escalates the matter.