My second born recently got his licence, so for a time it was all about logging the hours and teaching him road rules, some of which are not widely known.
While road rage affects even the most subdued of drivers, you should avoid the temptation to hit the horn unless you are warning another vehicle (or animal) that you are approaching them. It is an offence to use your horn for any other reason unless it is part of an antitheft or alcohol interlock device in your vehicle. Although it is widely done, it is a no no to toot goodbye as you take your leave of a friend. The ‘illegal use of a warning device’ can get you a fine upwards of $66 and some states in Australia will even take points off your license.
That said, it is a must when you are backing out and as you are about to straighten, another car backs out without looking. This happened to us a couple of weeks ago, and I certainly felt like a sitting duck. We certainly had nowhere to go, and save the mad waving at the other driver by a passerby, and my son having the presence of mind to honk the horn continually, we would have been cleaned up.
I am very grateful an accident was averted because not only would the car have been damaged, my son’s confidence would have taken a severe beating, just before sitting his licence test.
‘I think we should only get 3 honks a month on the car horn. Then, someone cuts you off, you press the horn, and nothing happens. You’re like, “Crap! I wish I hadn’t seen Ricky on the sidewalk!” -Mitch Hedberg-