Driving home with my daughter the other evening, I found myself schooling her on the etiquette of the honk. I’m a pretty even-keeled, balanced person, but I find “incidents” on the road can really irk me. The other night I was sitting at a green traffic light, waiting for the oncoming traffic to clear so I could take a left hand turn. Since I had pulled up, I could no longer see the light, and I was just looking at the traffic. The oncoming traffic slowed, signaling it was time for me to make my move. But just then, the car behind me let out a loud, obnoxious, sit on your horn honk (as in woooooonnnnnkkk), which made me really mad. I then turned to my daughter to start educating her about “the honk.” I think my tirade went something like this:
“Eliza, there are two kinds of honks – a ‘toot-toot’ friendly honk to remind someone to keep moving, and the loud sit on your horn ” wooooooooooonnnnnnk” quite obnoxious honk. Now, back at that corner, that honk should have been a friendly “toot toot.” The “wooooooooonnnnnnk” type horn style should only be used when you’re in impending danger of getting run into. Then wooooonnnnnking honking is entirely appropriate. Unfortunately we live in an area of the country, where people like to throw their weight around by “wooooonnnnnnking” too frequently and are misguided about the finesse and strength of mind over matter that it takes to appropriately apply your hand to the honking area of the steering wheel after assessing the honk situation that you’re in.
So adamant am I about this, that the local driving school has invited me to be a guest lecturer. I’ll make sure that the up and coming young drivers know just when to toot or woooooonnnnnnnk.