Hands up if you are guilty of tooting your car horn while leaving a friend’s place or easily giving the horn a push to illustrate your anger or frustration at another driver?
What many drivers don’t realise is that there are laws regarding how you use your car horn. The states (and territory) of Australia have different laws and applicable fines in place regarding this car device.
The Australasian Legal Information Institute provides the following clarification regarding the use of a car horn:
To stay up-to-date with the current laws ensure you check out the transport department website for your state or territory.
While the police may not be waiting for you at the end of the street to pull you over for incorrectly using your car horn while saying goodbye to friends, one day you may just get caught! Also, be considerate of fellow residents. As a car horn offers a warning sound, residents may consider your tooting to be an illustration of something is wrong!
So with keeping these two points in mind, it might pay to just use your car horn for the sole purpose of being a traffic warning device.