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Horns: Strictly speaking only allowed in two situations

2022-12-08T08:39:57.806Z

Horn in the car: Only allowed to be used in very special situations Created: 08/12/2022, 09:30 am By: Sebastian Oppenheimer In everyday traffic, people like to honk their horns. But the use of the horn is actually only allowed in two situations. There are countries where honking is almost part of the traffic concept. Especially in India, for example, street noise is a big problem, which is why



Horn in the car: Only allowed to be used in very special situations

Created: 08/12/2022, 09:30 am

By: Sebastian Oppenheimer

In everyday traffic, people like to honk their horns.

But the use of the horn is actually only allowed in two situations.

There are countries where honking is almost part of the traffic concept.

Especially in India, for example, street noise is a big problem, which is why the idea of ​​making horns sound like flutes, violins or drums actually came up there some time ago.

Of course, people also honk their horns in this country – even if maybe not quite as much.

However, many a driver sounds their horn out of anger at the actions of another road user.

Strictly speaking, honking is only allowed in two situations.

Horn in the car: Only allowed to be used in very special situations

The use of the horn is regulated in Section 16 of the Road Traffic Act (StVO).

Among other things, it is also stipulated here that a "sound signal", as it is called in official German, must not consist of a series of tones of different pitches.

That means: A melody as a horn is not allowed.

In general, only “those who see themselves or others in danger” are allowed to honk their horns.

In plain language, this means that there must be a legitimate risk situation that could result in an accident.

For example, if someone takes the right of way, as reported by the Auto Club Europa (ACE).

Honking is only allowed in very special situations - if you don't comply, you risk a fine.

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Horn in the car: The horn may be honked to announce an overtaking manoeuvre

If the person in front doesn't drive off fast enough when the traffic light changes to green, honking your horn is not allowed.

Incidentally, the same rules apply to the use of the headlight flasher.

In some cases, however, the police turn a blind eye: according to the ADAC, not only the motorcades, which are actually forbidden, are often tolerated at sporting events, but also the associated horn concert.

What many people don't know is that you can use both the headlight flasher and the "normal" horn to announce an overtaking maneuver outside of town.

But because hardly anyone does that in everyday life, such an announcement is likely to lead to confusion for the person in front.

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Horn in the car: What fines threaten for improper use

In general, however, anyone who uses the horn in violation of the regulations must expect a fine of five euros.

If others feel bothered by this, the amount can also rise to ten euros, according to ACE.

On the other hand, greater trouble can threaten if you overdo it with the horn and, for example, also drive up close, so that another road user feels coerced - because coercion is a criminal offense that can even lead to a prison sentence.

In most cases, a conviction leads to a fine – but this can be very high.

Source: merkur

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