Stop Honking; NO ” Horn please”

I was reading about alarming stats of Noise pollution in India the other day. Of course, Delhi tops in Air, water as well as noise pollution. Well, it never deters my love for Delhi; Nah ” Dilli” to be precise. I don’t know who renamed it as DELHI instead of historicla DILLI.

We roar loud and clear; we complain and whine, we ask our Govt. again and again to provide us a better city. A city with less noise pollution, a city with more peace and calm. But what we contribute?

Okay, lets take an example of Japan and New Zealand. People don’t honk there, they would drive calmly. If something is obstructing their way, they would speed down the vehicle but not honk. Blowing an horn in considered very very rude there. If someone blows, people would look at him in ultimate disgust; even his girlfriend sitting in his side would refuse to talk to him for a while. They honk when it’s very necessary, that’s why when someone honks there, he is taken very seriously like an emergency case and that’s why there is lesser noise pollution instead of having more cars per person.

And see the situation here. We honk when overtaking someone, we honk when asking for side. If traffic is blocked by someone, everyone honks together. We honk before taking a turn and also we do honk continuously when we are running at a higher speed. We just honk; then we ask Govt. to control the noise pollution for us.

I did an experiment. Last month, I vowed not to honk until it is very necessary. And you won’t believe, how less we actually need to honk. In last one week, I don’t remember if I have honked more than once or twice. And even that a little half second honk not a full 5 second long siren. Horn is an unnecessary evil; even if car manufacturers stop giving the horn, I don’t think it would increase the number of accidents. main-qimg-8f05e1a16f554f5e17dd62ba463dd41c

However, I hope you got my message.


5 thoughts on “Stop Honking; NO ” Horn please”

  1. I live beside a main street and I wish the drivers could read this post. Sometimes they honk for no relevant reason. It’s really irritating because clearly when I look across the street, there is no need for a car to be honking yet there they are. So I support! No honk please

  2. The horn is put into a car for a reason, Indians just love using it more than others. Besides, honking on the roads is a way of life here, its actually a language too if you hear closely. One day the horn in my car stopped working and I almost did not know what to do.
    ..and about trying not to horn for one full day, I really tried and I still had to honk 2 times 🙂
    One just cannot take out the ‘honking’ out of India 🙂

  3. I hate the sound of loud horns and for some reason, I don’t honk much. I do it only when it is really necessary. Maybe because I hate loud sounds.
    Another thing happens with me. When I am on my scooter, if suddenly a vehicle honks loudly, I get startled and for a second struggle with my scooter. I believe there might be others like me. It is in fact dangerous.
    Lovely endeavour to address this issue Raman 🙂

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