Driving Car without blowing horn

I have been driving my car without the use of horn for the last 45 days.

Had I read this sentence about a year back, I would have denied it to be a reality, discarding it as a dream. But, today it is true. I have always been having this thought as a wish, a desire. But, it took a whole lot of determination to realise this. At some moments during these 45 days, a thought came, ‘ How will this help me alone doing it ?’, but I managed to win over it & continue. I feel a sense of satisfaction today, as I write this blog, of having accomplished something unique & different. In fact, an idea rolled down my mind now… why not I aim to be into Guiness Book of World Records for this activity…

Although a very small act, this means a lot, if we look at it from a social perspective. For people living in India, this would appeal : how would it be if the entire traffic on the road is managed without anybody blowing the horn of his/her vehicle ? It is an unimaginable situation – somebody could term it as a fairy tale…but I would say that it is not an impossible task ! It will definitely take tons of efforts to make it possible, but we have to start. Most of us do not make a serious effort to achieve worthwhile objectives like these, because we assume we can’t reach them.

Let’s discuss how ? What are the different moments for conking horn on the road :

  • Red signal goes green – Is it required to horn ? Is it that there are some people ahead of us, who intend to stay back on road & not move forward ? No. So, this can be completely avoided
  • Car with “L” tag in front of us – The driver is learning, so can be excused for being slow. So, this can also be completely avoided.
  • Wrong lane – Many a times, the vehicle in front of us is in the wrong lane, & hence has to be alerted by conking a horn, that he is blocking our way. The solution lies, in just following lane discipline, so that this situation can be prevented.

If there are instances other than the above, let’s do something so that the horn when conked, utters the words “Go Green” instead of an irritating sound.

Let’s go that extra mile & make this possible !


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Dhiraj
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 06:53:57

    I have been doing that from last 2 years now. Although it started off as not wanting to spend money required to repair horn, but over a period of time I realised that i was doing my bit to bring down effect of global warming by not honking.

    But further to your point on “Red signal goes green”, I have found that when the red signal is for more than 1 minute or so, people at front generally, as they are the first ones to come at sginal after it goes red, start observing some things around them and they forget that they are waiting for signal to go green and hence sometimes it becomes necessary for others to honk and wake them up from the observation mode. But again all said and done, even this can be avoided if people start being a bit cautious.

    Also, if you have ever experienced the noise of Tuk tuk’s (Auto, rickshaw) early in the morning or late at night it would wake you up from sound sleep. And I think this is high time our government wakes up from sound sleep to bring in some laws to curb the noise of Tuk Tuk’s. One innovative way to do that is to give fierce competition to the company which has monopoly in that market from the era of early libralisation till now. Next time when you see Tuk Tuk, look at the Brand name, you will realise what I am talking about.
    Although it might not be possible to eradicate sound pollution but it is definitely possible to reduce it to a large extent.


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