The horn is a wonderfully obnoxious device installed in every car utilized by drivers.
However, tempting as it may be to express your utmost contempt for the moron slowly driving the blue Chevy in front of you during rush hour traffic; that is not the purpose of the horn.
The purpose of the horn is specifically used to warn other drivers of problems on the road.
This could be to alert drivers of entering the wrong lane, entering a lane too soon, or even to prevent a wreck.
Honking out of pure aggression, however, is not the intention of the horn, and surprisingly enough, is against the law in the state of Arkansas.
Arkansas Code § 27-37-202 states that a driver should honk their horn “when reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation, ...but shall not otherwise use the horn when upon a public street or highway.”
Little Rock, Arkansas even takes their horn honking code a step further.
Little Rock Code 1961, § 25-74 states that “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m.”
While the likelihood of getting a ticket for honking the horn at others in either situation is extremely low, it is still a very dangerous thing to do.
Aggressive horn honking brings added stress and distraction onto new drivers, which in turn could lead to accidents and even fatalities.
Driving-tests.org states that “crash risk is highest during the first year that drivers are licensed.”
Furthermore, nervous or less experienced drivers would also have a higher risk of accidents due to the fact that a car horn could convince a driver to move when it is not safe.
Both types of drivers are often unsure of their actions on the road and may rely too heavily on the advice of the furious horn from the car behind them.
This could lead these two types of drivers to move when it is not safe or even straight into other vehicles.
Meanwhile, the vocal driver behind them knows nothing of the situation until it is too late.
For drivers who don’t decide to rush into harm's way at the advice of a loud horn, the rude actions of the honking driver behind them cause frustration and in turn, aggression.
Driving-tests.org states that “half of the drivers who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior,...admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.”
Therefore, the aggression from one driver can produce a domino effect that makes roads more unsafe and stressful to drive on with other drivers.
Furthermore, the more aggression drivers have, the less level headed they are when making decisions. This makes them more reckless when they drive.
This aggressive behavior in turn can contribute to car accidents that result in one or more deaths.
Driving-tests.org states that “66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.”
In the end, is letting off some steam at the moron in front of you truly worth making the roads less safe for yourself and others?
Next time, try to take some deep breaths to calm down so that way you and others around you, can make it to your destination safely.