Have you ever honked your horn in a moment of anger?
Using your car horn inappropriately could see you fined up to £1,000
Car horns – what are they really for? Well, it seems many motorists here in the UK aren’t so sure when to use it and could face a fine of up to £1,000 if caught honking their horn inappropriately.
According to the Highway Code, there are strict rules on when it’s okay to use your car horn and when it is not and it looks as though quite a number of drivers across Britain need to scrub up on their Highway Code.
The Highway Code states: “The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence” and “Never sound your horn aggressively.”
These rules clearly state that a car horn must never be used by a driver whilst they are stationary on the road, such as when sat at the lights or in traffic.
The last point is one that’s ignored daily on UK roads, as more and more drivers now resort to their horn in an aggressive manner when another road user does something to annoy them and this type of behaviour seems to be getting worse and what’s more, could land you in hot water if caught.
In a recent survey, it was found that more episodes of road rage occur these days and the blame was put down to our busy lives, heavy traffic and the ongoing roadworks on some of our busiest motorways.
However, what many drivers don’t know is that using your car horn in an inappropriate way could land you with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £30 but if the case ends up in court, this could rise to £1,000.
By law, car horns should never be used between the hours of 11:30PM and 07:00AM in built-up areas, however, in exceptional circumstances, such as another road user posing a danger, the use of a horn will be overlooked.
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