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panic stop+horn

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slam on the brakes, and the horn sounds. duh
jkreid, Feb 05 2004

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       If I had a nickel for every time I honked at a street light.....or parking meter......or future roadkill. Drivers Ed would be a little funnier, though.
yabba do yabba dabba, Feb 06 2004

       If you're performing a panic stop for street lights and parking meters, [yabba_do_yabba_dabba], the rest of us would do well to be warned of your presence. [+]
ConsultingDetective, Feb 06 2004

       (-) for your attitude. Lighten up! You must've been riding my Unmerry-Go-Round a little too much...
ghillie, Feb 06 2004

       Huh. Tempting. I can never honk when I'm panic stopping or swerving or anything else, and that's usually when it's most appropriate to use the tootle.   

       I'll think about it. Undecided for now.
k_sra, Feb 06 2004

KLRico, Feb 06 2004

       False alarms. One person slams on the brakes, subsequently honks, causing nearby motorists to be alarmed, subsequently braking, causing nearby motorists to be alarmed, subsequently braking, subsequently honking. Noise pollution, ad infinitum.   

       Brilliant deduction, Detective. I need to work on making the facetious more obvious.
yabba do yabba dabba, Feb 06 2004

       The author presumes the horn should sound in every situation requiring quick, heavy braking. Not so.
waugsqueke, Feb 06 2004

       How about a dual signal:
ABS brakes engage AND double-death-grip on steering wheel at the 10'oclock and 2'oclock positions causes airhorn to sound.
1st2know, Feb 06 2004

       I was about to post this.....six years too late.   

       I think it makes sense, as long as it is not activated by anything except very heavy braking. Heavy braking almost always indicates that something has gone wrong with your driving experience. Either it's someone else's fault (in which case you want to honk them, and more importantly alert following drivers before they rear-end you), or it's your fault (but again, surrounding drivers or pedestrians need a heads- up).   

       So why not? What were the inapplicable scenarios which [waugs] alluded to?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2010

       You might be driving at night through a residential area in which using the horn would be illegal, and would wake everyone up. There's no one on the road but you and, not paying attention, you notice the light change to red just a little bit too late - SCREECH!!!
hippo, Nov 28 2010

       Possible. But equally it might be a red light at a pedestrian crossing, in which case the horn might give the guy a chance to step back on the kerb. Or disable it when (a) it's dark AND (b) you're doing less than 40mph when you brake.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2010

       // inapplicable scenarios //   

       You know. Mainly the one with the Giant Squid doing a striptease in a huge Lego vat of chocolate sauce and moist towlettes, accompanied by an albino Koala on burning liquorice bagpipes.
8th of 7, Nov 28 2010

       Maybe make slamming the brake on activate an easily triggered horn switch around the perimeter of the steering wheel. You sound the horn by squeezing the wheel but only if the brakes were slammed on at the same time.   

       This would eliminate having to reach for the horn in the center of the wheel while braking and steering out of the way of a car veering into your lane for instance. It would also eliminate all the false honks unless you slammed on the brakes and squeezed the steering wheel at the same time in non-emergency situations, in which case you're retarded and shouldn't be driving anyway.   

       You'd still have the regular horn in the middle of the wheel, you'd just have this "emergency situation easy to trigger" horn as well.   

       So {+] but only if it has this added, otherwise you'd be hearing horn honks all day. Additionally, you might get a very dangerous situation where people hold back hitting their brakes hard because they don't want the horn to honk.
doctorremulac3, Nov 28 2010


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