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This is an idea my sister had... In addition to the regular horn, cars should have a "sorry" signal on them for when you commit a driving faux pas and feel the need to acknowledge your error. You know, when you almost cut someone off, ar accidentaly bling them with your brights, etc. The signal could
either be a horn that plays a cute musical phrase (as opposed to the regular horn's "angry" sound), or it could be like the signs tat they have on Taxis, and it would just display the word "sorry".
i'm sorry light
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]
A better category. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
[hippo, Feb 10 2014]
||I think this is genious. Specially the horn-singing-sorry-thing!
||Whenever I do something wrong in the car, I always raise my hand and say sorry because I'm not trying to be an asshole. But then I feel really stupid because I know the person in the other car can't hear me. Croissant for you.
||the premise is good but it would create more "driving faux pas" because of the extra distraction.
||A visual "I'm sorry" text forces them to look at your vehicle *again*, *after* you've committed or corrected a faux pas. A bit insulting, not really safe either considering their eyes should be on the road.
||The "cute musical phrase" would work as long as it sounded apologetic, not mocking.
||Here in Maine, installing anything on a car or in the window
that lights up or displays moving text or graphics is illegal;
it's called a "visual nuisance." There are exceptions, of
course: taxi signs are the obvious, as well as the flashing
yellow light we're required to put on our trucks while
plowing snow. But a sign in the back window that lit up
saying 'sorry I cut you off' would get you pulled over pretty
damn quick. They even busted a small business owner
down in Saco for cleverly advertising his cafe (I think) with
custom hubcap spinners that stayed stationary while the
||It's not a bad idea, but I think a conciliatory wave usually
||Around here, some drivers "Sorry" would be on pretty much constantly...