'Sweet Spot' With Mike Sugerman: Why Are You Honking?

September 14, 2018 - 4:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Between construction and sirens, it can be pretty noisy out there on the streets of New York City.

Noise is a fact of life around here, there's no getting around it, except for unnecessary honking.

In this week's "Sweet Spot," Mike Sugerman hit the streets to find out: Why are you honking?

No one wants to admit doing it.

"I wasn't honking," one driver said when Sugerman caught him in the act.

"I didn't honk," another driver said.

So, Sugerman also asked a friend who is an admitted honker.

"It is a release of frustration that's for sure," he said. "You have everybody on their phones, you have people looking at their Waze app. Definitely a release of tension it's almost like the national anthem of frustration honking that horn. You can just having a bad day and your day got off to a bad start and there it is saying, 'Hit me.' And you hit it."

There's gratuitous honking from six car lengths back at a newly turned green light and then there's those situations where even non-honkers can't help themselves.

"Look at this guy what he's doing, that's why I'm honking, he's doing the wrong thing," one driver said as another motorist tried to cut in front of several cars stopped at a red light after coming up a left turn only lane. "And then I'm not a mind reader, when they don't use their signals I'll be wondering how they got their license."

A car horn can clock in at 100 to 120 decibels, which could be damaging to your ears.

"Anything over 85 can be damaging to your hearing," said Kathy Peck, a former punk rocker with the group The Contractions, who suffered serious hearing loss and started the group HEAR, Hearing and Education Awareness for Rockers. "It really can be damaging."

So unnecessary honking not only is annoying but also dangerous.

And guess what?

You're the one closest and the one who hears it every time you honk. 

So maybe that'll be enough reason to give it a rest?