Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Blog: Why hooter-happy motorists give me the pip

09:55 20 December 2015

Roundabouts are just one of the traffic hazards were drivers can become irate and hit the hooter.

Roundabouts are just one of the traffic hazards were drivers can become irate and hit the hooter.

Archant Norfolk

Why do some motorists use car horns as an electronic expletive, blasting other road-users for the slightest mistake or delay.

Tackling a notoriously difficult roundabout, where no one seems to indicate, I felt sorry for a driver who pulled out in front of another car entering the roundabout from the junction to the right.

Perhaps the first driver should have waited, although running it through my head, I would have gone for it, judging the gap to be safe. Maybe the other car should have been going slower given the hazards of the roundabout.

Either way, the result was the driver of the latter car slammed a hand on the hooter and held it there but did not seem to have to brake hard. The other driver was spooked and braked and it nearly ended up in a collision.

I suspect if the driver who hooted had been travelling slower, lifting off the throttle or a dab on the brakes would have been all that was needed to provided safe passage for both cars.

A couple of days later my wife was indicating to filter into the right-hand lane at a junction with a continuous stream of traffic which had right of way coming down a hill. She waited patiently, looking for a safe gap but after no more than 10 seconds the car behind honked the horn for her to hurry up. For two hoots I felt like getting out and asking if they could see the invisible gap in the traffic my wife was missing but that would have made me as aggressive as them and, like their hooting, would serve no purpose.

And then you get those people who like to toot and wave at someone they know driving the other way or walking along the pavement.

Rule 112 of the Highway Code says you should use the horn only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You must not use your horn while stationary on the road or when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30pm and 7am – except when another road user poses a danger.

So you use the horn as a warning – not a reprimand, a hurry-up prompt or a greeting.

The danger of so many people all too willing to hoot for the wrong reasons is that, like those annoying car or burglar alarms going off, you dismiss it and not react when it really is a warning.

What irritates you about other motorists? Email motoring@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • I have to negotiate the Fiveways roundabout at Mildenhall during rush hour to and from work everyday. I am sure I am not alone in saying so many motorists are in the wrong lanes because this roundabout is notoriously difficult to cross. There have been several instances of altercationshorn beeping - all people need is to have a little patience and consideration for others and to slow down. It's a roundabout not a race track! BTW this roundabout needs some serious reconsideration as lots of motorists on the A11 travel across it as though it just doesn't exist!!

    Report this comment

    SullyA

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Not signaling and tailgating are the most common ones. A lot of people have been driving for years unchecked and untrained. Driving is a skill and a privilege, not a right.

    Report this comment

    Happy

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

  • I think that vehicles that flash their headlights are of more concern. The same as for the horn, you should only flash your lights to advise other motorists of your presence - not as a thank you or please go before me. Not only can it cause accidents (because people confidently proceed without checking it's safe) it also temporarily blinds the other motorist.

    Report this comment

    Buzby

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

  • Biggest problem on roundabouts in my view is failing to indicate - no right signal causes danger to road users waiting to merge who assume they are going straight ahead

    Report this comment

    blueinblue

    Monday, December 21, 2015

  • If you enter a roundabout without giving way to the right, you're going to get hooted. Solution - give way to the right!

    Report this comment

    Ted Maul

    Monday, December 21, 2015

  • If you have enough time to use the horn you have more than enough time to brake.(archant this not offensive or other ) interested if this allowed.

    Report this comment

    stoneman

    Monday, December 21, 2015

  • Live near the St Stephens Roundabout for the classic example,a small mistake by a motorist is met with the Hooting of Horns for most of the 24 hour day,holier than thou fellow motorists,who of course are perfect and never make mistakes !!

    Report this comment

    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Police at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Suffolk Constabulary has yet to confirm it will have a presence at Ipswich Town games this season - including the potentially powderkeg Old Farm Derby.

Woman repays £7,600 in overpayment claim

A Kesgrave woman has been fined after making a false statement to obtain £7,600 worth of benefits which she was not entitled to.

File picture of a car fire.

Firefighters were called to reports of three cars alight at a garage in Ipswich.

A motorist involved in a crash on the A14 in which a teenager died will live with the “huge remorse” for the rest of his life, a court has heard.

Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Suffolk Police PCSOs (stock picture)

Two new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds from next January in a new step for local policing.

A police officer stands outside the Olympia mall in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016 after shots were fired. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

The gunman who shot dead nine people and injured 16 others at a Munich shopping centre was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man, police believe.

Network Rail is replacing overhead line equipment between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.

Delays caused by extreme heat like those that affected rail services in the region could be less common in future according to Network Rail.

St Helena Hospice assistant nurse Emma Young reduced staff and patients to tears in Colchester after performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love. Pic: St Helena Hospice.

A video of an assistant nurse performing an Adele song at a Colchester hospice has gone viral.

Andy Beckwith

A former Essex man who went missing in Gibraltar has been found “in good health”, police have said.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24