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The idiot who honks one millisecond after the light turns green (1 Viewer)

Thunderlips

Footballguy
I'm seeing this more and more.  Usually the person doing it is either a Type A D-bag driving a truck.... or an older person who, like most old people, are impatient as hell.....but really don't have any place to go.  

 

mr. furley

Footballguy
here we have the opposite problem. someone could stroke out & die at the green light and people will just wait for EMS to come clear the body out before they drive away.

 

Ghost Rider

Footballguy
Yeah, count of three and you're getting a horn tap from me. If it's a short turn light, I might even hold it for a beat or two just for being an inconsiderate db. Nothing more annoying as a driver than people flaking at short lights.
This x 1,000. 

Nothing worse than the lights that stay green for like 10 seconds and being stuck behind some idiot who is playing with their phone and doesn't realize it is green. 

 

AhrnCityPahnder

Yinz-o-riffic
Spot on. My wife hates when I do this, thinks she's going to get shot by someone with road rage.
I do this if people tailgate me when I'm going at least the speed limit.

But, if I get honked at because I was daydreaming on a green light, I give the "sorry" wave and get going.  

 

Penguin

Footballguy
I don't honk but I like to count the reaction time once the light turns green. It's amazing how often it's 5+ seconds before the brake lights go off and the lead car starts rolling.

 

Zegras11

Footballguy
When I get to 4 seconds, light tap.  I don't want to get rear ended.   They they always react startled because they are on their damn phone.

 

Courtjester

The Town Drunk
I make sure to take extra time and accelerate very slowly if I get honked at.  Will usually drive 5-10 mph under the limit until they pass me
Good post!!

However, the number of red light runners is out of control. For your safety or your family's safety, you need to take that couple second pause before going on green.  Now over five seconds, I start doing the creep up on the bumper move (especially when I am in my Tahoe) --longer than that, you are getting a honk.

 

Otis

Footballguy
3  to 5 seconds green, and you havent moved, you're getting a honk.   I'm that guy.

COME AT ME BRO
I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the jack hole who honks after one second. Even if you’re paying close attention, it takes that long to take your foot off the brake and put it on the gas and then start to accelerate. 

 

Otis

Footballguy
This x 1,000. 

Nothing worse than the lights that stay green for like 10 seconds and being stuck behind some idiot who is playing with their phone and doesn't realize it is green. 
Ok that doesn’t happen.  10 seconds is criminal. 

 

cosjobs

Footballguy
We should have another horn choice. Maybe a gentle "toot" for someone spaces out at a red light or maybe kind of drifting into your lane. Or your wife is walking out the grocery store unsure of where you parked. Or when you pull up to your moms retirement home, to let her know you've arrived.

 

Ghost Rider

Footballguy
Ok that doesn’t happen.  10 seconds is criminal. 
It does happen. Not often, but there are a few lights near me that literally stay green for only 10, maybe 15 seconds.  Usually when they are left turns or something on to a busy street. And you only get the green every 2 1/2 minutes or so.  Ugh. 

 

rockaction

Footballguy
I think there's a variance in patience here. I'm generally attentive, I think, and I'm pausing before incurring such action. Others' mileages may vary, as the saying goes.   

 
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mr roboto

Footballguy
This is regional too. I grew up in MN and went to college here too. It’s RARE for someone here to ever use the horn. My roommate was from Chicago and honked all the time. It embarrassed me when I rode with him. 

Then I moved to Chicago and lived there for 10 years and I got used to honking/getting honked at. If you’re not moving when the light turns?  Honk. Changing lanes and the guy won’t let you in so you start to creep?  Honks were even a good sign (like if the lane was backed way up but someone was trying to turn out of a parking lot into the road you’d give a ‘beep beep’ to indicate that the could go ahead of you). 

Now that I moved back I’ve had to change again because honking here is tantamount to declaring war apparently. 

 

rockaction

Footballguy
This is regional too. I grew up in MN and went to college here too. It’s RARE for someone here to ever use the horn. My roommate was from Chicago and honked all the time. It embarrassed me when I rode with him. 

Then I moved to Chicago and lived there for 10 years and I got used to honking/getting honked at. If you’re not moving when the light turns?  Honk. Changing lanes and the guy won’t let you in so you start to creep?  Honks were even a good sign (like if the lane was backed way up but someone was trying to turn out of a parking lot into the road you’d give a ‘beep beep’ to indicate that the could go ahead of you). 

Now that I moved back I’ve had to change again because honking here is tantamount to declaring war apparently. 
Interesting regional take on what is East Coast Standard. Never think about it that way. Horns down, hook 'em, I guess not.  

 

Bossman

Footballguy
I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the jack hole who honks after one second. Even if you’re paying close attention, it takes that long to take your foot off the brake and put it on the gas and then start to accelerate. 
Schtick I use ... when leaving work, if one of my coworkers is first at the red light, he gets the looong insta-honk the milasecond that light goes green.

Always makes me belly laugh the rest of my ride home.

 

Angry Beavers

Footballguy
its Green... GO!

I am only this bad with the one light near my house on weekday mornings that is super quick and if you have to wait another revolution for it to be green it takes just short of forever. Mind you, this is off of a residential street onto a 4 lane road so the only people at that light, again on a weekday morning,  should already know that it is green for literally 6 seconds. 

Otherwise, wait a few seconds, give the gentle "honk, honk" and move on!

 

rockaction

Footballguy
Schtick I use ... when leaving work, if one of my coworkers is first at the red light, he gets the looong insta-honk the milasecond that light goes green.

Always makes me belly laugh the rest of my ride home.
Schtick = < 0

 
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Ron Swanson

Footballguy
This feels very much like NY thing. Nobody north of Ft. Lauderdale and South of Nashville would ever consider "instahonking". Terrible look.

 

rockaction

Footballguy
Thanks for throwing me the bene, Bossman. I went back and re-read the tone and it could've been much different.  

Good lookin' up.  

:)

 

Bossman

Footballguy
Monday a.m. I was at a drive thru getting coffee.

I'm 3rd car from the pickup window. First car drives off. Guy in front of me doesn't move.

Waiting. Drive thru worker sticks his arm out the window and waves the guy to come up. Still doesn't move.

Quick honk. Dude puts down his phone and drives up to the window.

Am I "that guy"?

 

Ranethe

Footballguy
This x 1,000. 

Nothing worse than the lights that stay green for like 10 seconds and being stuck behind some idiot who is playing with their phone and doesn't realize it is green. 
Yep. I have an hour commute each way and every single day I get stuck behind someone who doesn't move when the light turns green. I wait 3ish seconds and then they get honked at, no horn tap then.

Its almost always a woman, either fixing her hair/lipstick/whatever in the rear view mirror or leaned over going through her purse in the front seat. I find it infuriating. People are bad enough drivers as it is, or insist on driving 10mph under the speed limit. Don't need to sit at another signal because somebody is not paying attention.

 

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