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Do you ever think people are beeping at you when you're listening to music in the car?

Asked by rory (1160 points ) 1 month ago

I’m posting this from a gas station on the Hutch coming out of New York. I’m a fairly new driver, just got my license in December, and when I listen to music in the car above a certain volume, I think there are constantly cars behind me honking their horns. I turn off the music and it’s silent. I always know when I’m REALLY being honked at, as it’s much louder, but I have always had those moments of panic mid song before remembering. Does this, or anything like it, ever happen to you?

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zenvelo's avatar

Not while using the car radio/sound system. But it does happen if I have ear buds in while driving, the background beat of some songs can sound like a car horn to me.

longgone's avatar

I always “hear” the doorbell when I’m vacuuming.

dxs's avatar

I never turned the radio on that loud.
My paranoia was the lights. I would always feel like they’re on in the daytime so I kept re-checking. At night I couldn’t really tell if my lights were on because I’ve only ever driven in the city at night, so I’d fear they were off and I’d get pulled over. The first week or so that I was driving, I only put the parking lights on not knowing that there were more lights.

JLeslie's avatar

No, but I have a real problem with sirens in songs, I think it should be against the law,

filmfann's avatar

No, but I always hear my cell phone’s ringtone in music.

Drives me nuts!

dappled_leaves's avatar

No, although there is a song on one of my road-tripping playlists that makes me think an engine alarm is going off. Freaks me out every time.

cheebdragon's avatar

Lmfao I was just thinking that same thing on my way home tonight.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

If you live in NYC or plan to this is a subject you may wish to take up with a therapist.

Horns in New York are being sounded so often their warning effect is nearly eliminated.

Horn sounding becomes an expression of driver frustration and ignorance instead of an effective alert.

There are signs in parts (only parts?) of town that read “No honking except in emergencies.” shouldn’t that be the point anyway?

At times I’ve considered getting a bumper sticker made that reads “Horn sounding will have the opposite of intended effect.”

Or perhaps the classic not seen in NYC, “Keep honking, I’m reloading.”

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