Let me make this statement – ‘It is possible to drive in India without honking‘. Do you agree? Driving through heavily crowded Indian city roads is no fun. To add to the woes, honking by most of the vehicles unnecessarily is a crime in my opinion. I do understand the fact that honking is a way of telling someone that you are about to pass or warning pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists, bullock carts, stray cows, dogs and other vehicles that they should take care. But that honking is crossing the limits, I have seen people committing that crime without their consciousness.
It wouldn’t be surprising if each of you have your own opinion on this subject. My observation is that the cab drivers engage in this honking business more than any others. I tried honestly to figure out why they honk so much while driving, some of the answers made no sense while few other responses made me laugh! Here are some of those gem responses for you:
- I have a working horn, I should use it.
- My horn lever has only one position.
- I don’t think I honk at all!
- It helps keep me awake. (due to over time duty)
- To let others know that the traffic signal has turned green
Honking a vehicle is considered rude in many of the countries but it is a must do thing in India. Though I tried to counsel and advocate ‘no honk’ behavior, my cab drivers take it cautiously for a couple of days and they are back to square one soon after that. For them it is an universal language of saying “get the hell out of my way”. I wouldn’t agree to the notion that driving in India is not possible without honking, in fact over the last weekend “I did not honk at all” while driving through Bangalore roads that too during exam times. There were few anxious moments when I was prompted to honk due to crisscrossing of the motor cyclist across the lanes, but my strict and conscious determination made me to avoid from honking. This is very much possible for everyone. Now most of the roads are in good shape and painted with lane separators. Honking un-necessarily at traffic signals doesn’t make any good except causing someone’s blood pressure go high! Can we all stick to lane rules and avoid honking?