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Motorist's horn duration and tolerance levels(8 posts)

Motorist's horn duration and tolerance levelsBreakfast
Mar 31, 2002 5:03 PM
Just wondering how long does a motorist have to lean on his horn, because he wants you off "his" road, before you reach the point of yelling obsenities, flipping the bird, or whatever.
re: Motorist's horn duration and tolerance levelsweed
Apr 1, 2002 4:40 AM
It's usually 3 seconds of horn, 10 seconds of finger, a loud rev of engine with @sshole screamed over it. Then you catch them at the stop sign.

I wish my presence was always so appreciated.
You might find this intriging...biknben
Apr 1, 2002 7:41 AM
The Motorist Handbook of New Jersey actually recommends honking your horn when approaching/overtaking bicyclists.

I was brousing the handbook in a traffic engineer's office when I came across that. I was beside myself.

I'm very tolerant when it comes to horn blowing. I reach my limit when it is followed by yelling or unneccesary accelerations. Even then I just blow kisses or wave.

Many horn blower may think they are doing the right thing. I can't blame them for that. I'm not going to try to educate them with my finger.
I try not to get that upsetMcAndrus
Apr 1, 2002 9:07 AM
A short tap of the horn is a friendly - albiet misguided - warning that "I'm here." A long blast is a hostile "get off my road."

If there's no damage or serious threat of damage, it doesn't bother me. There's some old saying about not arguing with a pig because you can't win the argument and it just annoys the pig.
Depends on How Close the Car is. . .MisJG
Apr 1, 2002 9:26 AM
I don't have a problem so much with the occasional "friendly-toot" from a car WELL BACK of me letting me know they are there. What drive me INSANE is when the car waits until they are just off your shoulder before honking, thereby scaring the sh!t out of me, stopping my heart and almost making me ride off the road (or into the curb). I know some may think they are doing you a favor, but I would rather they just pass me in silence. . .

In my opinion, anything longer than a tap on the horn is an implied "A$$hole!!" and is dealt with either with humor (I just laugh at them) or anger (as described above) depending on several factors including, but not limited to, my current blood sugar level and level of fatigue. . .
Some should write a book...Jekyll
Apr 1, 2002 9:39 AM
On driving etiquette in regard to cyclists. Too bad non-cyclist would never bother to read it.
Hard to believe that the people's republic of NJ actually encourages the practice of honking at cyclists.
re: Motorist's horn duration and tolerance levelsBreakfast
Apr 1, 2002 9:56 AM
Thanks for the replies, I didn't know what to do with my anger over getting blasted by the horn on a downhill winding road (narrow highway) where the curves are posted 30-35mph and I was going 27-32mph when an old guy driving lays on his horn (didn't yell or flip me off, he remained calm), I move over, he passes as close to me as possible and a lady driving a pickup following him does the same except now we're into a left hand turn and she takes a late apex almost forcing me into ditch.

On this road, I maintain my position in the curves and give drivers plenty of room to pass on straights when they can see up ahead. Of course, people coming up on me have no idea I'm generous in this way but impatience on their part is going to get somebody hurt.

I was more upset at the woman since she didn't pass safely but the old man set up the moment of their passing.
re: Motorist's horn duration and tolerance levelsTrux
Apr 1, 2002 11:57 AM
I've been bike commuting for 15 years but I no longer acknowledge horn blowing motorists. Not since a cyclist was shot and killed by an enraged motorist, after a brief exchange of affections, not three blocks from work here in Denver. Road rage is rampant, does anyone know why?