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Old 07-11-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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St. Louis is definitely a city that honks. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Yeah. It was going to get ugly in a hurry. I explained to the guy afterwards that a long, sustained horn blast like that in Alabama is the equivalent of giving someone the finger and questioning their parentage. In New York, it's like saying, "Excuse me, but would you mind?"
Very true, the most you'll hear in Alabama is a quick beep, unless it's a serious safety issue like someone pulling out in front of you. If you lay on your horn simply because someone isn't moving fast enough you're asking for trouble. Another "no no" is flashing your lights while trying to pass someone, it's something people here just don't do.


I've been to NYC twice, I must say I don't understand why people there honk so much, it's not like it does any good. They'll honk when there's five cars in front of them, like they expect all five cars to move.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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I always thought everybody honked until I started traveling to the midwest and south for work. I learned this the hard way in both areas and am now more considerate when traveling to these places.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Atlanta was a non-honking city.
That was until I moved here.
And I moved here from... you guessed it... Myjammy.

Why do I do it? Because green means go. So pull your finger out already and go.
The lights don't stay green forever you know. You may have another 2 minutes to wait for the lights to cycle around again so you can sleep through another one but I don't.

I'm just being courteous. I also appreciate when people do the same to me. I appreciate knowing that a light has turned green if I am staring off into space and not paying attention. I don't want to hold people up or cause a traffic jam.

I also honk at people who block the intersection or pull out in front of me.
Just my way of peacefully trying to educate drivers that they have committed a wrong doing.
And if the horn is broken, watch for finger.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Toledo
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I think people in Cincinnati are too polite when it comes to honking. I actually sat through a green arrow and not one person honked at me.

I'm not going to get bent out of shape if someone honks at me because I'm not paying attention to the light. Generally I give people a few seconds until I start beeping myself.

I don't lay on my horn unless someone does something like pull out right in front of me, nearly sideswipes me, or foolishly attempts a "Pittsburgh Left".
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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I don't lay on my horn unless someone does something like pull out right in front of me, nearly sideswipes me, or foolishly attempts a "Pittsburgh Left".
Is that when somebody makes a left hand turn immediately after the light turns green, cutting off the cars in the opposite lane? We call that a Boston left around here.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Toledo
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Very true, the most you'll hear in Alabama is a quick beep, unless it's a serious safety issue like someone pulling out in front of you. If you lay on your horn simply because someone isn't moving fast enough you're asking for trouble. Another "no no" is flashing your lights while trying to pass someone, it's something people here just don't do.


I've been to NYC twice, I must say I don't understand why people there honk so much, it's not like it does any good. They'll honk when there's five cars in front of them, like they expect all five cars to move.
I don't understand this. Would you rather they just pass you on the right?

We have a lot of left lane hogs here in Ohio. If someone is too dumb to move over when they are impeding traffic then I think a quick flash is warranted.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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St. Louis is definitely a city that honks. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Really? Never been honked at and I've never heard people honking. Maybe just when people are pissed off? like a lot of cities.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Toledo
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Is that when somebody makes a left hand turn immediately after the light turns green, cutting off the cars in the opposite lane? We call that a Boston left around here.
Yes. This may work in other cities, but doing a Pittsburgh left here a good way to get t-boned.
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