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The W - One Question... - How long will you wait before honking when the light turns green?
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dwaters
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Since: 16.10.02
From: Connecticut

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.38
I'm just not a honker, and I will go at least a three Mississippi count before honking at the car ahead of me.

I've had times like today when the light just went from red to green and the guy behind me's on the horn already.
I'm like "Dude, I see it, I'm going!" It must suck to that impatient all the time.

I can understand in Manhattan, where missing a light can mean missing the next five, but not really the average stoplight.



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Since: 25.2.02

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Still, it's better than the girl in front of me the other day who, upon the light turning green, took right off...into the back of the car in front of her who didn't.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by dwaters
    I'm just not a honker, and I will go at least a three Mississippi count at the car ahead of me.



I'm the same pretty much. If I'm the 2nd car back and I've put my clutch back in and shifted from neutral back into 1st and they haven't moved yet, they get about 2 seconds before I honk.

In my area, there are some pretty short lights when crossing a main road. Even shorter if you're trying to make a left turn on to it and there is a red left arrow at the intersection.



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Since: 22.2.04
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.63
In the Boston area, if the cars in the line can see the perpendicular road's lights, honking often starts as soon as they turn red. Sometimes even on yellow.

I don't think I've ever felt the need to honk, probably because somebody behind me has always done it first. But I think the 3 seconds after it turns green strategy is that I'd follow.



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Since: 8.10.03
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.71
About 5 seconds. But only in the city. In the county in which we reside there are no traffic lights and few stop signs, even in the county seat where we live.

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Since: 21.8.03
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#6 Posted on
In Sydney they like to honk a bit but in the rest of the country not so much in my experience.

When you do get a honk it's often the more protracted HOOOOOOONNNK which is used to register your disgust at particularly moronic or selfish driving.

At lights I'll usually only toot when I can see the driver in front of me is distracted and not looking at the lights. And then I'll use the more polite 'bip bip' short double-tap honk.

So not based on time, but a collection of potential triggers.
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Since: 24.3.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.60
    Originally posted by Big G
    In Sydney they like to honk a bit but in the rest of the country not so much in my experience.

    When you do get a honk it's often the more protracted HOOOOOOONNNK which is used to register your disgust at particularly moronic or selfish driving.

    At lights I'll usually only toot when I can see the driver in front of me is distracted and not looking at the lights. And then I'll use the more polite 'bip bip' short double-tap honk.

    So not based on time, but a collection of potential triggers.

I very much agree with your take. I'm always embarrassed for the sake of the driver when I see someone give them the long honk for a situation that is only deserving of a short honk.
As for me, I know the timing of the lights pretty well, so I'll usually give them just long enough so that I'll still be able to make it through the light.
One time I didn't feel like honking, so I just cut into the turn lane to get around them. Of course, that ended being exactly the moment that they started moving (I have suspicions that they were testing me), so it didn't work so well.
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Since: 3.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
3 seconds unless I can tell the person is talking or texting or doing something they shouldn't be doing while behind the wheel, then I will let my inner commuter come out and I will immediately blast the horn long & loud.



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Since: 9.2.02

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.91
4 seconds for me. Apparently, I've made great strides in "getting the New Jersey out" of me, as my wife likes to note (up from 2 seconds).
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Since: 3.10.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
There are no stop lights on my daily commute, and living in the outlands of St Louis, I rarely have a problem with people not going when lights turn green.
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Since: 18.2.04
From: The Houston 'burbs

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#11 Posted on
    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    3 seconds unless I can tell the person is talking or texting or doing something they shouldn't be doing while behind the wheel, then I will let my inner commuter come out and I will immediately blast the horn long & loud.


Bingo. Same here.

I also vary the length of the honk. If it's someone who seems to be frantically looking for something on the seat next to them or the such, then a little honk is in line to get their attention. But if they're doing something really annoying, like texting,... then the long, obnoxious honk.
TheOldMan
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Since: 13.2.03
From: Chicago

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.78
I'm guessing half of these happen because the second car in line just happens to glance at the light the instant it changed, so they think it must have been green for awhile. I've certainly been on the receiving end of that a few times.

When I'm behind someone, they get the reminder 'bip bip' if not paying attention, but probably two seconds is my limit.



Kei Posiskunk
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Since: 7.1.02
From: Central PA, USA

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#13 Posted on
I never honk. I have no desire to get shot or to get the living shit beaten out of me.






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Mr. Boffo
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Since: 24.3.02
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.87
    Originally posted by Kei Posiskunk
    I never honk. I have no desire to get shot or to get the living shit beaten out of me.

If I was rich with unlimited resources, I would track you down and end up in front of you to put that to the test. One of many things that I would do if I was rich with unlimited resources. (I mean this in a playful way, not an agressive way. I really would be curious to see how long we could sit there. Of course I've ruined it now by telling you about it )



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