Using it ‘aggressively’ against another driver could land you in trouble!


Drivers in the UK could be issued with a hefty fine for honking their car horn when it’s not appropriate to do so.

Most drivers at some point get frustrated with other road users and often turn to their car horn to let them know of their frustration but there are certain rules which apply to horn honking that could mean you’re using it at the wrong time or in the wrong situation.

It’s not unusual to find yourself as a driver behind another vehicle at a set of traffic lights that have turned to green but the vehicle in front doesn’t move.

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Driver Warning: Using your car horn at the wrong time or in the wrong situation could lead to a fine.

This may be one instance where you might honk your horn to let them know that the lights have changed, however doing so could lead to punishment.

The Highway Code states that motorists should only use their vehicle horn when their car is moving and they need to warn others of their presence and also drivers must never sound their horn ‘aggressively’.

According to Rule 112 of the Highway Code, you must not use your horn “when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30pm and 7.00am.”

The only condition which allows for the horn to be used during this time is if another road user is deemed a threat or danger to other road users.

You could be issued with a £30 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for using your car horn inappropriately, which could increase to £1,000 following a dispute that ends up in court.


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