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Upgraded horns for Indian market

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I had heard before that Indian cars had upgraded horns because of excessive usage but I always thought it was an urban myth.

Anyway, it's an old article but you learn something new every day.

https://jalopnik.com/audi-is-designing-extra-loud-horns-for-india-5896859

It's borderline rude to honk at someone in Europe unless its an emergency and the roads are generally peaceful unless you're driving like a dick. I found it crazy when I first came here how much people honk at each other but its something you learn to ignore. If someone decides to have a mental episode and lose their mind and ruin their own day, that's their problem not mine. I'll keep driving nicely and not ruin my day.

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@Barry you surely need to travel to India. There drivers honk for every possible reason and even if the road is clear they still honk to just ensure that no one comes in the way.

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I guess its something to do with size of population on any given road.

In 1970-80 with few thousand cars in UAE, no one was honking here in Dubai and not much red lights were there. I'm in Dubai since 2000 and remember reaching Internet city in 10-15 minutes from Bur Dubai.

Now with 5 million cars everyone at least honk here almost daily.

Now imagine with 300+ million cars in India.

@Frederic how is China? Do they also honk a lot?

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Big respect to you @Srikumar and @Gaurav. I’ve seen the videos of traffic in Indian cities and it must take chromium clangers to drive through that. I would rather set myself on fire. 

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54 minutes ago, Gaurav said:

I guess its something to do with size of population on any given road.

In 1970-80 with few thousand cars in UAE, no one was honking here in Dubai and not much red lights were there. I'm in Dubai since 2000 and remember reaching Internet city in 10-15 minutes from Bur Dubai.

Now with 5 million cars everyone at least honk here almost daily.

Now imagine with 300+ million cars in India.

@Frederic how is China? Do they also honk a lot?

I can’t speak for the whole of China, but the few major cities I was in it was very civilized. Hardly any honking. 

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Second one is the best answer, lololol.

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4 hours ago, Gaurav said:

I guess its something to do with size of population on any given road.

In 1970-80 with few thousand cars in UAE, no one was honking here in Dubai and not much red lights were there. I'm in Dubai since 2000 and remember reaching Internet city in 10-15 minutes from Bur Dubai.

Now with 5 million cars everyone at least honk here almost daily.

Now imagine with 300+ million cars in India.

@Frederic how is China? Do they also honk a lot?

Back in the 70s UAE had one lane going into Dubai from Sharjah and one lane on the return. Sheikh Zayed Road was similar. Sharjah and Ajman have always had cheap housing and Dubai always offered jobs for all. The traffic in those days used to be just as bad. Come the 80s they made 2 lane roads Dubai to Sharjah, with Garhood bridge added to the 2 lanes on Maktoum bridge. Traffic has always been somewhat tough and honking has always been the first language spoken on the UAE roads. A sample of it is UAE residents are too lazy and even for a can of Pepsi would honk at a grocery store to get it for them.

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In my country it is illegal to honk at anyone or anything unless there is some sort of emergency, and honking is required to warn other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, drunken/unlicensed taxi drivers, and/or drunken/unlicensed bus drivers of the danger. If however, everyone who honked illegally were ticketed by real cops and the fines were collected and not stolen by bogus cops, we could wipe out our national debt in a few days.

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Actually if you look at it only Western Europe is the odd one out. Honking is a regular feature in the rest of the world

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On 1/21/2020 at 11:13 PM, Rahimdad said:

Back in the 70s UAE had one lane going into Dubai from Sharjah and one lane on the return. Sheikh Zayed Road was similar. Sharjah and Ajman have always had cheap housing and Dubai always offered jobs for all. The traffic in those days used to be just as bad. Come the 80s they made 2 lane roads Dubai to Sharjah, with Garhood bridge added to the 2 lanes on Maktoum bridge. Traffic has always been somewhat tough and honking has always been the first language spoken on the UAE roads. A sample of it is UAE residents are too lazy and even for a can of Pepsi would honk at a grocery store to get it for them.

Not only Bebsi Bhai till now for Karak its important to HONK

I wonder if Planes Honk at each other if they are close enough or Tail Gating !

I have seen Trains and Ships blowing that Loud HONK at each other.

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