American Drivers aren’t Horny Enough!

Yes, the title contains innuendo but for a serious reason!

If those killed by motor vehicles in parking lots, etc., are included, then over 40,000 people are killed each year in vehicular collisions in the USA [NSC]. By comparison, ‘road rage causes a relatively small… percentage of fatalities on U.S. roadways, linked to 467 fatal crashes in 2015‘ which is roughly 1.2 percent of all crash deaths and 2.7 percent of all homicides.

A standard symbol for the horn — a bugle — in the middle of the steering wheel, but most countries except the USA have made the horn control much more accessible to drivers’ thumbs so that nobody need ever leave go of the wheel to use the horn… an obvious safety advantage. (Copyright image, 2019.)

The simple but critical question, therefore, is: Which is more likely to kill you? A non-road-rage crash or the aggression of somebody committing an act of road rage on you? The answer is that a person is 83-times more likely to be killed in a crash where there is no road rage than in an incident where there is.

The reason for telling you this relates to using the horn in your vehicle.

When the horn is used correctly — meaning only for the purpose of warning other road users of your presence, in order to avoid collisions — then using it is vastly more likely to keep you alive and uninjured than not using it.

What tends to frighten or annoy people the most is when a driver makes one or more very long blasts — “laying on the horn.” That is seen as being very aggressive and unpleasant, and should be avoided.

One other point that may be relevant is that the for decades the USA has consistently been one of the most dangerous developed nations in the world in relation to the rate of road deaths. However, no other countries have such strong reservations about using the horn, so is this one of the factors in America having such a poor casualty record?

This page is not presented as being advice or instruction, it is here for information only. It is up to each individual driver to decide on the best course of action in any driving scenario.

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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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