A short little toot toot! 1/10 of a second each.

Easy short taps on the horn. This tells those near you to watch out and look around. Very friendly. Simple. Easy. The further away you toot, the kinder and easier it is for their ears to hear you and their eyes to flicker around to notice that we are approaching. Warning others to please keep space between us, and thank you.

somewhere in the middle… short toot toot toot…

Two months ago in a small parking lot, we stopped behind several parked cars in a small parking lot. We set up to reverse into an empty parking spot to our right.

The parked car to my right side activated their red brake lights and instantly turned on their reverse white lights.

I reached over to the steering wheel and tooted the horn toot toot toot toot toot toot toot toot, somewhat long toots, until the parked driver turned their head to see us.

HOW ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE STOPPED THIS CRASH?

…somewhere in the middle…full horn held for 1 second plus…

Driving north on Fraser St. we have the flashing green pedestrian light. A driver was crossing Fraser from a stop sign straight across Fraser. They moved from their stop sign out to the first lane and stopped to our far left. The roadway is 4 lanes wide plus two parking lanes, 6 lanes total. They were past the far left parking lane and well into the first lane, lane. We were half a block away doing 50 km/h in lane 3 of 6.

As we approached they started to move again moving forward into their passing lane, lane 3. We were on our side of the roadway in our passing lane, lane 4.

That driver’s head was looking away from us.

I reached over to the steering wheel and held down the horn full until they immediately stopped moving.

We drove past at 50 km/h.

HOW ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE STOPPED THIS CRASH?

Holding the horn down full-on for a solid 6 seconds.

GET OFF THE ROAD! YOU ARE BEING DANGEROUS! GET OUT OF THE WAY! HURRY UP!

And doing this as close to the other car or person as possible is either USELESS or it’s used when YOU GOT SCARED, which should never happen.

Most users use this horn style to express anger or fear or both.

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