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John O'Haver
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I spend a great deal of my work day in an automobile driving to and from home, my office and my sales territory. I see a lot of poor drivers, idiot drivers, inattentive drivers, rude drivers and lost drivers. I drive defensively and I assume everyone on the road is lost, incompetent, impaired and has no turn signals or rear view mirrors. By doing so, I expect it so I've never experienced enough road rage to even flip someone off except...

I've been conditioned that a car horn is a warning. I don't know what it is about blowing your car horn when driving through a tunnel. On I-64, between my home, office and my turf is a little tunnel less than 100 feet long. Cars are moving at 65 mph. (I think, that's roughly 3000 1200 kilometers per metric hour.)

Far too often, somebody directly behind me or alongside me will start honking like a teenage boy picking up his date. It's usually an adult with children in the car.

I'm always checking my side mirrors and rear view so it is really disconcerting to be running at 65 mph (the speed limit is 55) in traffic through this little tunnel with nowhere to go in an emergency and suddenly have some "responsible" adult driver start honking his bleeping horn for the echo effect to amuse little Aiden or Conner.

Forget it. We are driving too fast and the tunnel is too short. I betcha I couldn't get an echo out that tunnel at midnight with a shotgun.

Is tunnel honking some kind of superstition thing I'm not aware of? Have you heard of it? Have you done it? Do you still do it?

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I've heard of it. I've heard it. I'll occasionally spend a weekend in Monterey, CA, and they have a short tunnel going from the downtown area to Cannery Row. It never fails that when we drive through that tunnel, someone honks their horn in there. But I can't say I've ever been that irritated, mostly because no one is going faster than, say, 35 mph (about, what, 650 kpmh?), and the risk seems much smaller. It's probably weekenders getting their kicks. I don't think I've ever heard anyone do that in the Caldecott Tunnel, a major commute artery in the San Francisco Bay Area East Bay area. Then again, I only did that commute for about 9 months.
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Huh, never heard of this before.

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I've been conditioned that a car horn is a warning.


Seriously. If there's one thing that gets me about other drivers, it's people who use the horn for trivial reasons. If I hear a freakin' horn someone better be trying to avoid a wreck.
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I think my dad did it once for us when we were in a small tunnel and there was NO traffic.

JohnRayJr wrote:
Seriously. If there's one thing that gets me about other drivers, it's people who use the horn for trivial reasons. If I hear a freakin' horn someone better be trying to avoid a wreck.


What about when a driver isn't going through a green light after 3-4 seconds? Because I use it then.

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No offense or anything but responsible adult driving doesnt involved going 10 over the posted speed limit.

Kinda sounds like pot calling kettle black, your upset at the horns, but you do 10 over, not much leg to stand on friend.
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I've always thought that the horn should sound louder inside the car than outside. That way you'd only ever use it if you REALLY needed it.
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As I kid, I was told you had to put two fingers on the roof of the car while the driver blew the horn in the tunnel for good luck.

Normally, I only remember that when driving under the one railroad overpass that we did that in in my youth.

I've never taught my kids that.
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I know what you mean. But this a rant. And the speed depends on the time of day. This highway was designed for a posted limit of 65 or 70 back in the day. I try to drive to maintain a safe spacing in front, to the rear and have some space laterally. I don't set it on cruise and roll at 65.

I'm always making slight adjustments to maintain my space. People who are really hauling ass are pushing 75+. They are a hazard and should be busted. But if the pack, often including the cops is running 62+ on this stretch, 55 sometimes isn't as safe as it is legal.

Today the traffic was relatively light and running 62 mph +, when some jerk who was running faster than that in the fast lane started honking all the way through the tunnel up until he passed me. I saw the kids in the car laughing.

This guy was exceptionally obnoxious. Most of the folks who honk are not blasting all the way through the tunnel and passing the pack. Nevertheless, signaling a potential emergency warning unnecessarily and unexpectedly in tight quarters is one of my big pet peeves since I'm through that damn tunnel on I 64 at least twice a day.
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We've got shit drivers here in the Bay Area, but I've never heard anybody tunnel honk...and we've got some pretty long tunnels.
 
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I had no idea that was a thing.
 
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amwiles wrote:
JohnRayJr wrote:
Seriously. If there's one thing that gets me about other drivers, it's people who use the horn for trivial reasons. If I hear a freakin' horn someone better be trying to avoid a wreck.


What about when a driver isn't going through a green light after 3-4 seconds? Because I use it then.


It's a warning - that they will die a horrible death, if they don't get their piece of junk moving! As such honking in that situation is just to make the other driver alert of a grave danger and is ok.
 
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Luftwaffe Flak wrote:
No offense or anything but responsible adult driving doesnt involved going 10 over the posted speed limit.

Kinda sounds like pot calling kettle black, your upset at the horns, but you do 10 over, not much leg to stand on friend.


Wow... none of you have driven in Jersey where 70-80 is the norm, regardless of what the sign says. There are stretches of highway (I-78 especially) where everyone knows there are no cops, so 90-100 isn't unusual.

Of course, it's the out-of-staters driving 55 in the left lane refusing to move over who ruin it for the rest of us.
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blindspot wrote:
We've got shit drivers here in the Bay Area, but I've never heard anybody tunnel honk...and we've got some pretty long tunnels.


Here we have really bad ones that think the horn is a mating call I think and they blow it like the 1 dollar beer night is about to be over.
 
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What about when a driver isn't going through a green light after 3-4 seconds? Because I use it then
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In that case, I'll tap the horn once briefly. If that doesn't work, the subsequent warning shot does.
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