Are You Horn Happy?

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | Published in

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Traffic jams. Don’t you just hate them?

What do you do when you are trapped in a traffic jam? Listen to the radio? Practise your singing? Play Sudoku? Read the latest novel? Sms your friends? Call someone on your phone? Or just sit there in your car and sulk?

During a massive jam when your car move an inch a minute, don’t you just wish your car have wings and fly? Or call Scotty to beam you up?

During the Ramadan last month, I was trapped in massive jam as early as 4pm. Normally I would stay off the road during those peak rushing home hours between 5-7pm. But it was different during Ramadan. The jam came as early as 4pm. And it irritated the hell out of me!

I think my car ended up using more petrol during that month. What do you expect when you need to stop your car every other minute?


Took this photo while trapped in a jam in front of Crystal Crown Hotel, PJ

When Hari Raya day arrived, it was great relief to me. Finally, I’ve got the whole road to myself! How nice! Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way for long. The jam came right back after the Raya holidays.

To make things worse for us drivers, we are forced to face with rude and unreasonable drivers who think either they or their fathers own the road.

Only the other day, I was driving happily on my lane, when a motorbike suddenly cut into my lane from nowhere causing me to jam hard on the brakes. But guess what? Instead of me showing him the fingers, he showed me his fingers instead! Can you believe it?

At that moment, I felt like running him down! But I kept my cool because I’m generally a nice person. And I did not want to spend the next few years in jail. Well you know, they don’t serve clean, delicious food in there!

Drivers in KL also have this fondness of using their horns at every opportunity. The traffic light turns green and you better get moving that very second it turns green or you get honked. The traffic light turns yellow and you better beat the light or else you get honked. The traffic light turns red and you slowly cruise to a stop. Unfortunately, the impatient driver behind honks you because he wants to stop in front of the red light in the shortest time possible.

Although KL has heavy traffic and suffers from traffic jam most of the time, it is not as bad as the traffic jams in Bangkok, Thailand. I remember the last time I went to Bangkok the traffic jam there was much worse.


Photo of Bangkok's massive traffic jam from ESL Teachers Board

Surprisingly, despite having more traffic, I hardly hear any driver in Bangkok sounding their horns! Looks like drivers in Bangkok have better manners and not horn-happy unlike their Malaysian counterparts. Shame on you, Malaysia!

(34) Comments

  1. Gallivanter said...

    Our traffic jam is the lesser of 2 evils when compared to Bangkok. Nevertheless, some Malaysians never learn etiquette when driving.

    October 29, 2008 at 8:50 AM
  2. My Bug Life said...

    Yeah...sometimes those irresponsible drivers really make one wanna give them the finger but I always think..."why bother with ppl like these"?..a waste of energy really! Move on...:)

    I believe our traffic and driver manners may pale in comparison to what I have seen and heard in Cairo, Egypt. Seemed like the honking goes along with the driving...it never stops. Everywhere they move, the honking is heard...I was stumped when I first experienced this in Cairo. I don't wanna driver there..scary!

    October 29, 2008 at 9:01 AM
  3. -eiling- said...

    Generally drivers here are a bit impatient but not really to the extreme like some other parts of the world where they honk more than they press the brakes. Malaysian drivers are quite rude as always - showing rude signs, cursing in the vehicle and not signalling. Driving can really show a person's true character!

    October 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM
  4. Pete said...

    Crazy Malaysian drivers. The bikers are worst, need to be sent to Tanjong Rambutan!

    October 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM
  5. renaye said...

    maybe u should have a bumper sticker that says "horn if u r horny." oops.

    anyway ... there's always human traffic if u decided to skip road traffic.

    October 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM
  6. lina said...

    we Malaysians are crazy. And we're good into turning a 2 lane road to a three or four lanes becuase we really know how to squeeze our cards and create the jam. :D

    I always ask Zaini why he didn't honk people who likes to cut his way but he said that no pint of pressing the horn in Malaysia since nobody bothers anyway.

    October 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM
  7. day-dreamer said...

    Reminds me of my encounter yesterday. There's this old man riding on a bicycle in the middle of the road which I wanted to turn in. Naturally I let him pass first before turning. The car at the back honked me. I was like, "Wtf, got ah pek leh, want me bang him meh?"

    But I just ignored and waited for the old man to pass. It's a sin to knock and kill an old soul like that... LOL.

    October 29, 2008 at 11:20 AM
  8. foongpc said...

    gallivanter, I think Malaysians somehow become different people when they get into the driver's seat.

    my bug life, I've never been to Cairo. It must be really stressful driving there. Or maybe you'll be so used to it you'll just ignore the horns!

    eiling, yes I agree. Driving can show a person's true character. So if you want to really know someone, ask him or her to drive! Haha!

    October 29, 2008 at 12:20 PM
  9. foongpc said...

    pete, yes I think bikers should be banned from the road! They are too much of a danger to car drivers. Sometimes they just weave in and out of traffic in high speed not caring for their own safety. I seriously think bikers and car drivers should be on separate roads.

    renaye, haha! That's very creative! Suddenly you will find a lot of people horning you from the back and you know what that means! LOL

    Btw, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but failed every time. What's wrong?

    October 29, 2008 at 12:27 PM
  10. foongpc said...

    lina, oh I absolute hate it when motorists turn a 2 lane road into 3 or 4 lanes! We really have that talent, don't we?
    But I also hate some roads that is actually a 2 lane road but becomes 1 lane towards the end. Then you end up with a bottleneck jam!

    day-dreamer, yes some drivers are just so impatient they will horn you if you are kind enough to let other drivers pass. Well, I'll just ignore such drivers like what you did! : )

    October 29, 2008 at 12:33 PM
  11. xin said...

    the week after raya the jam was horrible! usually when it is jam, i will listen to the radio n stone in the car

    October 29, 2008 at 2:49 PM
  12. Nick Phillips said...

    I won't even begin to tell you the amount of times I wanted to run down some moronic motorcyclist! They really think the roads belong to them and they can do no wrong!

    And I normally fantasize that I've just inherited a billion US dollars, that normally help the traffic move along pretty fast ... LOL!

    October 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM
  13. suituapui said...

    I hardly ever use...and the last time I had to use it to let someone know I was at her house liao, it gave out a funny sound like a fart! LOL!!! Haven't taken it for repairs yet! That sound would probably work better...in getting people out of the way.

    October 29, 2008 at 8:11 PM
  14. -eiling- said...

    Yes yes. That's what I do actually. I always observe the way people drive then I assess their characters!

    October 29, 2008 at 11:04 PM
  15. Life Ramblings said...

    some malaysian drivers can be notoriously impatient and rude.

    October 29, 2008 at 11:48 PM
  16. acura said...

    Driving in Malaysia especially KL is very stressful. Imagine getting caught during rush hour, it's raining heavily & somebody's car broke down in the middle of the road. Nightmare!

    October 30, 2008 at 12:50 AM
  17. foongpc said...

    xin, I guess listening to the radio is one of the things we can do while trap in the jam. I use the timeto practise singing too : )

    nick phillips, haha! So you fantasise and day dream in a traffic jam! That's a good one! : )

    suituapui, your horn sounded like a fart? That's funny! LOL

    October 30, 2008 at 1:00 AM
  18. foongpc said...

    eiling, so I know now. haha!

    life ramblings, you are right on that one! : )

    acura, I hate to imagine that scenario! Makes me want to stay away from the road!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:02 AM
  19. Monica said...

    yes, I hate traffic jams & I wish my car can fly!! LOL!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:34 AM
  20. Babette said...

    That reminds me of Manila, too loud and congested. I used to drive there but I wouldn't dare drive whenever I visit. The drivers are like maniacs. There is hardly any congestion where I live now unless I go to Boston but it's not as bad as Los Angeles,California.

    October 30, 2008 at 7:00 AM
  21. khengsiong said...

    Thais have mai pen rai (it doesn't matter) mentality. We don't have...

    Traffic jam in Southern California is also very bad. Plus, the land is vast so one often have to drive longer distance...

    October 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM
  22. foongpc said...

    monica, it would be nice if our cars can fly, but ONLY our cars, otherwise there will be traffic jam in the air! : )

    babette, I guess lots of Asian cities are congested with cars : )

    khengsiong, Thais have mai phen rai attitude, Singaporeans have kiasu attitude, Malaysians have Malaysia boleh attitude! No wonder traffic jam boleh, horn as much as we like also boleh! : )

    October 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM
  23. Neo said...

    Aiyo... I hate traffic jams!

    October 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM
  24. HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

    oh my look at that traffic! BTW-I just passed on an award to you.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:14 PM
  25. iWalk said...

    I am always trapped in a traffic jam. That's the reason I love iPod so much. :)

    PS: Thank you so much for the kindly comment on my site, have a nice day!

    October 30, 2008 at 11:21 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    neo, who doesn't?

    health nut wannabee mom, thanks for the award! Will collect it from your blog : )

    iwalk, you are welcome! And thanks for dropping by too! : )

    October 31, 2008 at 2:07 AM
  27. Swubird said...

    Before long, the world will be one huge traffic jam. Then if you want to go from here to there, you'll have to walk on top of the other cars!

    Until then...

    Happy trails.

    October 31, 2008 at 8:18 AM
  28. jam said...

    Malaysians are generally less civilized than Thai. But there is a mall group like you and me which are belong to the civilized category, haha!

    November 2, 2008 at 1:58 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    swubird, haha! If it ever reach to that extent, I will rather walk than drive! Thanks for dropping by! : )

    jam, haha, yes. We are the minority civilised Malaysians.

    November 2, 2008 at 11:38 PM
  30. tr3nta said...

    lots of traffic here... nice shot.

    November 4, 2008 at 12:16 AM
  31. foongpc said...

    tr3nta, thanks! : )

    November 4, 2008 at 2:31 AM
  32. QuaChee said...

    that is the same thing a friend from bkk mentioned! lol.

    malaysians i think give all out behind their wheels! :)

    November 14, 2008 at 6:08 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    quachee, yes Malaysians are horn happy - that's a fact! : )

    November 15, 2008 at 10:52 PM
  34. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    hey correct ur words, not malaysian as sabahan n sarawakian doesnt do so. :)

    March 23, 2010 at 5:57 PM