Reminding motorists that a vehicle’s horn is “not a means of communication,” Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has posted a list of tips on its Facebook page outlining horn etiquette.
The advice explains when it’s appropriate to use your horn, such as:
- To avoid imminent traffic accidents due to sudden braking, obstructing of traffic, etc;
- To alert pedestrians crossing the road that they are in danger; and
- To avoid collision with animals crossing or standing in the road.
There are also times when it’s NOT ok to use your horn, such as:
- To express frustration at another motorist;
- To say “hello” to friends you pass on the road;
- To “magically” clear a traffic jam; and
- To get the attention of a grocer while sitting in your car.
MOI refers anyone with more questions to Traffic Law No. 19/2007, adding that the law prohibits honking near hospitals, schools and other places of “public importance.”
Would you add anything to this etiquette list? Thoughts?