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Old 11-09-2012, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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When I lived in a rural area, it used to bug me to no end to have visitors drive up my driveway, stay in their car and honk their horn when they wanted to talk to me. I considered it extremely rude. Recently, I saw another post where a neighbor followed the same routine. Is this considered normal? What is the reason for this....seems to me it would be more appropriate to knock on the door.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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I haven't seen the other thread but it's common at my place. If my dog doesn't know you, she's going to let the visitor know that they really shouldn't try to get out of the vehicle. Therefore, they beep their horn.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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From my observation, it's a regional thing. I've lived in rural areas of eastern Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as western Nebraska, Kansas and the Dakotas.
Only in the Dakotas did we have people pull in the yard and honk.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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If a homeowner is armed, you don't want to quietly come up the drive and surprise him. Also, it allows the homeowner time to hide the moonshine.

Oh yeah, if you don't come immediately, be prepared for the visitor to say that they "hoped you weren't sleeping." (It is the polite comment)

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Harry, you are just a font of information. I was wondering the same thing as the OP about the honking and just assumed it's how people do things here - no wonder there's no doorbell !!

And it sure makes sense. Oh, and this weekend is the gun show and yes, we're buying some guns.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It's a modern way of saying "Hello, the house!" to let people who aren't used to people being around all the time know that there are visitors. Plus, what Harry and RyanR said.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Australia
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I live in a small quiet street and visitors honk their horns...well, one in particular across the road.

It drives me mad...that and the running engine that just goes on an on and echos through the whole street.

They pull up in the driveway, obviously picking someone up. Well whoever it is knows they're there, the car is running noisily and they honk.

And then they honk again.

And then if I'm really lucky, its another honk.

Like, it's four footsteps to the door...get off your butt and go find out what's taking them so long, if you're in that much of a hurry.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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A small quiet street is very different from a rural area as the OP was talking about. It's definitely inappropriate in that situation, more appropriate in areas where, for example, the driveway is a quarter mile long, as ours is, and the person you're visiting might be in the barn or pasture or wherever and not know you're there if you just knock, and honking as you drive up to the house isn't going to bother the neighbors.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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When I lived in a rural area, it used to bug me to no end to have visitors drive up my driveway, stay in their car and honk their horn when they wanted to talk to me. I considered it extremely rude. Recently, I saw another post where a neighbor followed the same routine. Is this considered normal? What is the reason for this....seems to me it would be more appropriate to knock on the door.
What if you're out in the barn or the machine shed vs. in the house? It's a farming/ranching thing--it's to let someone on the place know you're there. If it's a farming or ranching family, the chances are pretty high that they're going to be anywhere BUT the house. Old habits die hard...
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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TexasHorseLady, I was about to mention "Hello, the house" but I didn't think people would get it or have even heard of it, just like when using the phone saying "Ahoy!"

Another honk thing you might run across is family members honking as they pass the house of another family member, part in greeting, and part to let them know they are coming home from work or shopping.
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