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    Horn blowing - one way to deal with it

    So, I was riding down a 25 mph four-lane road in moderate traffic with no shoulder or sidewalk. The road is a designated bike route and I was in the right lane when a car started tailgating me. The driver laid on the horn for 10 seconds straight. I ignored it and kept riding. After another few seconds, she laid on the horn again, this time longer. I mean, really, where was I supposed to go?

    What did I do? I Stopped. I didn't jam my brakes; I came to a nice gradual stop and just looked back at her. She went ballistic. I kept looking at her. She starting banging her steering wheel. I just looked at her, shrugged, and said, "What do you want? You have my attention."

    Her passenger then started laughing which made her even madder. She got a break in traffic and squalled her tires to get around me.

    Usually, this type of harassment bothers me, but this time I rode away feeling like I had gotten a little justice.

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    That sir (or madam) was nice. Very nice.
    Originally posted by Bones_McBones: Wow Digger, wow! You've earned my respect.... I know ashoposo got werked up. You are the gutter pig of Trollheim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjkfsm View Post
    So, I was riding down a 25 mph four-lane road in moderate traffic with no shoulder or sidewalk. The road is a designated bike route and I was in the right lane when a car started tailgating me. The driver laid on the horn for 10 seconds straight. I ignored it and kept riding. After another few seconds, she laid on the horn again, this time longer. I mean, really, where was I supposed to go?

    What did I do? I Stopped. I didn't jam my brakes; I came to a nice gradual stop and just looked back at her. She went ballistic. I kept looking at her. She starting banging her steering wheel. I just looked at her, shrugged, and said, "What do you want? You have my attention."

    Her passenger then started laughing which made her even madder. She got a break in traffic and squalled her tires to get around me.

    Usually, this type of harassment bothers me, but this time I rode away feeling like I had gotten a little justice.

    RK
    You didn't encounter the same woman that tailgated me yesterday, did you?

    The only difference was, a 40mph road and she didn't have a passenger. Like you, I stopped n' looked at her. Then I just continued on my way. In general, when people honk at me, I ignore them. The only time that I pay attention to the motorist honking at me, is when I am at a red light. That goes' green when I wasn't looking at the light. That is when I feel being honked at, is justified. Because, Motorists' make the same mistake of not paying attention to the traffic light.

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    Awesome response! I'll have to remember that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digger View Post
    That sir (or madam) was nice. Very nice.
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    Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

    http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people

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    I can hardly type I'm laughing so hard. Thanks Recycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
    I can hardly type I'm laughing so hard. Thanks Recycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle View Post
    Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

    http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people
    Is that real or staged?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    Is that real or staged?
    Staged unless there was something seriously defective about the airbag system in the car.

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    If a motorist behind me starts laying on their horn and tailgates me, when it's safe to do so, I pull over and let the motorist by, I feel it's just not worth the hassle. Probably unknown to the motorist at the time, is the fact that their poor/dangerous driving behavior has been recorded by my bike mounted video cameras, and depending on the severity of their actions, the gathered info may be reported to local law enforcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle View Post
    Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

    http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people
    It is an Ikea ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2zgr_Gg11U

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    It has become an Ikea ad. There's a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Staged unless there was something seriously defective about the airbag system in the car.
    Not necessarily staged if she got lucky and and made a direct hit to the impact sensor.

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    Modern airbag systems use accelerometers. Essentially, it is a tube with a magnet, a steel ball, and electrical contacts. An impact will cause the ball to become free of the magnet and fly into the contacts triggering the system. This sensor has been used since 1967 when Allen K. Breed invented it.

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    People can honk at me all they want. (Although I have never had a situation like the OP...) It's the people who tailgate me that I don't like.

    I'm hopeful that as more people begin to understand that they may be caught doing something dangerous or stupid on camera, it *may* force people to rethink their actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silmarillion View Post
    People can honk at me all they want. (Although I have never had a situation like the OP...) It's the people who tailgate me that I don't like.

    I'm hopeful that as more people begin to understand that they may be caught doing something dangerous or stupid on camera, it *may* force people to rethink their actions.
    +1

    If there is a passing lane, the morons should use it. Not cop an attitude by leaning on the horn.

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    Good one! I will remember that for the future!
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