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August 4, 2008

seem not to be used for safety purposes.It occurred to me that the primary uses of auto horns are to indicate

  • the light is green, I am in a hurry!
  • somebody touched me, I am ALARMED!
  • you did something stupid!

By the time the horn is honked, whatever danger there was, is past. I don’t think any of these uses justifies the cost and noise of auto horns.

I did, once, see a horn used for safety. A semi-trailer hauling rocks lost its brakes and was headed towards an intersection. He jake-braked and blew his horn all the way into, through, and past the intersection. So, once in 40-some years, I saw a horn used to avert an accident.

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