This is not the first time we’ve talked about this. There is no horn you can honk in your car that is not perceived as angry by the people around you. Every time I hear a car horn in traffic, my immediate reaction is an emotion somewhere between irritation and anger, depending on the situation and my mental state at the time.
Today, Mark Rober shows us how to solve the problem. Unfortunately, there are no automobile manufacturers doing this as of yet, but after watching this video, I’m ready to start asking them for a horn system like this.
Essentially, you have your regular horn – which we all know and love – as well as some auxiliary horns. The most useful of these additions is the “Excuse me friend, it’s time to stop reading that email and make your way through the intersection” horn. It’s higher pitched and two very short beeps – it’s supposed to sound friendly. He also includes 2 more specialty horns: a friendly one for pedestrians, and the horn that indicates an extreme amount of dissatisfaction.
While we may not need them all, a “courtesy horn” is definitely something that should be standard on every new vehicle moving forward. And how is it Canadian? Well, it’s not really, but in the video description, Rober says “This horn is SO courteous my car was granted Canadian citizenship yesterday.”