There's more to honking a horn than meets the eye

April 15, 2013 12:00 AM

When most people hear a car honking, they don't think good thoughts. The sound of a car horn usually means some kind of trouble, but only because many drivers are incorrectly using the tool as a means of venting their frustration. In reality, there are many rules regarding a car horn that come into play on the roads, and drivers should be aware of these regulations. 

According to AOL Autos, most states and districts have placed limitations on when honking is acceptable. Trying to get someone's attention, celebratory honking, or venting frustration when you're in traffic are all improper uses of the tool. 

"Only use your horn to let another road user know you are approaching, such as a bicyclist on a relatively empty road, to stop another driver from impeding into your space and to notify another road user of upcoming road conditions," William E. Van Tassel, the manager of driver training operation at AAA, told the news source. 

Although honking is regulated, it can also be very important in the event of an accident. If you aren't sure if your horn is in prime working condition, consider heading to an auto repair franchise for a quick round of car repair

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