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.
However, I hope you got my message.