Why do drivers in Saudi Arabia honk their horns unnecessarily?

Car drivers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia do not realize that their constant honking of the horn, near hospitals, can disrupt and damage the health of patients inside hospitals. Most people lose their patience while behind someone who is driving slower than they want or is not giving them a way to pass, hence they use the car horn unnecessarily.

City dwellers can hear a car horn at any time of the day. Even as late as past midnight, people still think it’s appropriate to use a car horn while most the city sleeps. Every driver out there seems to think he owns the streets.

Why don't we remove horns from Saudi Cars?

If car companies knew to what extent the car horn would be abused, they would have put a limit on the car horn too (removing it altogether would be a bad idea). However, if the authorities and traffic department are not able to control this horrid issue, then I think it will be better if car horns are removed altogether.

This, however, can also lead to major issues since road rage can’t be vented through horns, maybe the drivers will take a step up and start bumping into each other on the road to tell them to give way.

The opinion of Dr. Barry

I am from America and have been living in Saudi Arabia for almost three years now. Honking on horns is disrespectful and against Islamic values. I do not know, as I don't have the statistics, how many people are losing their lives in Saudi Arabia because of careless driving behaviors.

A person in the mosque gives you a space to pray but in the street, even one inch he will not spare for his brother. These kinds of behaviors demonstrate the lack of patience combined with the mindset that I am first before anyone else.

I think, in addition to the Ministries of health and traffic as you mentioned above, religious leaders need to be implicated as these behaviors are against our Islamic values.

It is my hope that the Imams in the mosque during sermon time and other religious leaders educate us how these kinds of behaviors are harming us here and after here. Our values are not something that we shelf in the mosque, go to our daily lives and wear them only when we come back to the mosque. To me, education will have a greater impact than law enforcement especially in a country where 99.99% claim to be Muslim. 

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