Originally posted by Big GIn 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.
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.
Originally posted by dunkndollaz3 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.
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.
Originally posted by Kei PosiskunkI 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 )
I've heard it in sports talk when teammates or coaches betray other team members, but have never been sure where or when the expression originated. I was surprised to hear my wife drop that phrase into a conversation since she doesn't watch sports.