Honking Horns

Today Jaden fell asleep in the car.

Today I didn't proceed on a green light the instant it turned green.

Today, for the umpteenth time, some impatient driver behind me laid on the horn to let me know about it.

It turned out the next stoplight was only one block away and we both were stopped at it, only this time, the driver was next to me. He was so mad at me from before that he pulled into the other lane as soon as we cleared the left turn.

His window was down so I decided to pipe up.

I said, "Do you know how many babies are sleeping in the backs of cars and get woken up when people honk their horns?"

He said, "Your #1 priority should be on your driving, not anything else!"

I said, "You don't need to honk over a one-second delay."

He said, "It was more than one second."

I said, "It is actually illegal in the state of California to honk your horn unless it is an emergency."

He said, "NO IT'S NOT!" just like whiney little kids do.

I said, "Either way, just try to be more patient with others. You can see your honking didn't get you very far."

He kept on talking but the light turned green so I STEPPED ON THE GAS.

Luckily Jaden slept through this whole "pleasant" experience.

And to Mr. Angry Impatient Middle-Aged White Nissan Pickup Truck Guy, check out the CA DMV website and brush up on your driver safety information!.

Don't Use Your Horn

  • If a driver is going slowly, and you want him or her to drive faster. The driver may be ill, lost, or having problems with the vehicle.
  • If slowing or stopping your car will prevent an accident. It’s safer to use the brakes than honk the horn.
  • To show other drivers that they made a mistake. Your honking may cause them to make more mistakes.
  • Because you are angry or upset.

So there.