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Old 07-12-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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Exclamation Honkers behind at lights...be patient

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Second ride in a row, it happened again last evening in Sugar Land: I was stopped at a light going north on University, just south of highway 6. To my far left was a huge jacked up truck, far out into the intersection. I could not see to my left down the highway. So, I patiently waited for the light to change to green. On queue: another truck comes up behind me, and immediately honks. I ignored him: no response. In a few seconds, light turned and I went on my way.

The same thing happened in front of the local Krogers by my house last weekend. At light, behind a car with a disabled plate, the driver took a couple seconds after the green light to get moving. I waited. The red Mini behind me, with female, young and cell phone talking driver pounded her horn at me.

It amazes me how impatient Houston drivers can be. On top, they have no ability to visualize the situation of other drivers, particularly motorcycles, are in at hazardous intersections. We get hit, we die.

I think as the Houston summers bake, and temperatures get above 90F, that general driver impatience soars with the heat. My reaction is to maintain my poise, hold my ground, and move into an intersection only when I know it is safe. No flipping off anyone, no gestures: remain in control. Don't add to the frustration of the cagers.

Stay safe out there, and don't let anyone honk you into an unsafe intersection entry.

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Most drivers etc give no thought beyond their own immediate wants/needs.
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You think that's bad? I RARELY hear a honk.

Back home (Monterrey, Mexico) wait at any major intersection, and the honking is constant as soon the light turns green. Truly a cacophony or horns.
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you could try what I've done a few times, when someone behind me gets rude with the horn. just get off the bike, turn around, fold your arms and stare till the light is red again. Just make sure it's not some tough guy that's gonna get out and beat you down.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:56 AM   #6
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you could try what I've done a few times, when someone behind me gets rude with the horn. just get off the bike, turn around, fold your arms and stare till the light is red again. Just make sure it's not some tough guy that's gonna get out and beat you down.
FAIL ...I have a jeep and i can go around you...
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...but that young impatient in the celica can't
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All,

Second ride in a row, it happened again last evening in Sugar Land: I was stopped at a light going north on University, just south of highway 6. To my far left was a huge jacked up truck, far out into the intersection. I could not see to my left down the highway. So, I patiently waited for the light to change to green. On queue: another truck comes up behind me, and immediately honks. I ignored him: no response. In a few seconds, light turned and I went on my way.

The same thing happened in front of the local Krogers by my house last weekend. At light, behind a car with a disabled plate, the driver took a couple seconds after the green light to get moving. I waited. The red Mini behind me, with female, young and cell phone talking driver pounded her horn at me.

It amazes me how impatient Houston drivers can be. On top, they have no ability to visualize the situation of other drivers, particularly motorcycles, are in at hazardous intersections. We get hit, we die.

I think as the Houston summers bake, and temperatures get above 90F, that general driver impatience soars with the heat. My reaction is to maintain my poise, hold my ground, and move into an intersection only when I know it is safe. No flipping off anyone, no gestures: remain in control. Don't add to the frustration of the cagers.

Stay safe out there, and don't let anyone honk you into an unsafe intersection entry.

cheers
ive had the same thing happen to me before, but i was in my car and it was a cop behind me. i couldnt see around the douche bag van that kept inching forward every time i did. i could only go so far before i had to just wait it out, and the cop honked his horn. i just waited for the light to turn green. what was he gonna do? cite me for being safe? lol
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Usually, I'll freeze where I am, and look back as if i'm trying to find the honk. Honking will NOT make me go any faster.
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FAIL ...I have a jeep and i can go around you...
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There's things I love about H-town, so I hate to bash, but on the down side I'm convinced that the aggregate IQ in this town is much lower than other places.

On topic, there's obviously a certain mentality to drivers. People get behind the wheel and other vehicles become merely things - COMPETITION and not other actual human beings.
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Know what I do when someone lays on the horn behind me?

Absolutely nothing.

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I was stating my position, not everyone elses....

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That's why I've been searching for a train horn for my bike...
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Good to hear you keep your patience and cool, especially in a town with oblivious, terrible, aggressive, and distracted drivers all-in-one.
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Know what I do when someone lays on the horn behind me?

Absolutely nothing.

Honest.


it seems to me that you get startled a little by a cagers horn?

don't let that get to you. If you do, just let it go. Don't let it get to your head, because then it gets in the way of operating and maintaining your bike, the out come could be fatal.
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