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Monday, January 23, 2006

Land of the Honkers

Jakartans love to honk. Yes we do. We love the blaring sound of our car's horn.
Don't want to admit it? Here's the proof.

For the past two weeks we have done a little research to answer this one question:
On our way from home to work everyday, how many times on average do we hear people honking?

So we equipped ourselves with a counter, and when we drove from home to work, we clicked the counter whenever we heard vehicle's horn blared.
We did it for 2 weeks.

The result is quite astounding:

On average, everyday, from home to work, we hear people blaring their vehicle's horn 48 times.
Our record high? There is one particularly bad day of which one of our colleagues logged 152.

48 times! Everyday, from home to work. Goodness. We never thought Jakarta is that noisy!
No wonder we are grumpy when we arrive at work.

So here's what we decided to do. We came up with a pact among us. We will not use our car horn unless it is absolutely necessary.
We will try to keep it quiet. We'll consider it our contribution to a quieter Jakarta. To a more livable Jakarta. A more civilized Jakarta.

So no matter how annoying the other motorists are, we will not honk. We will be very quiet about it.

That, however, does not mean we won't give a finger.

9 Comments:

Blogger Avi said...

Thats a great experiment. Being a Jakartaan, I would go buck wild with my horn while in college in the states. Finally the guy who i shared a car with actually disconnected the horn!!! At least I got to release my road rage by slamming my head against it when the lousy american drivers pissed me off. some of those people just CAN NOT drive.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being from Jakarta and living in the states now, I second bismilah. We might be loud, but at least we know how to brake, unlike those people here in the states.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

It's good to see you back :-) It's been a quiet while...What a good first experiment of the year, a quieter Jakarta...I'm curious about the result of this post. Wish you all involved a very very good luck...:-)

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it work? (that finger thing....)

3:24 PM  
Blogger agus set said...

"vehicle's horn sounds melodious", probably that is the reason why Jakarta has a lot of honker mania... :)

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's simple. Some of us drive and walk like shit. That's why we honk all the time. Rite?

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you're talking about. I've been living in Thailand for three weeks now, and during my first days here I was so surprised by the non existence of car honking sounds, even in Thailand! Will they be glad to share the secret?

3:31 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

i honk my scooter to warn others about my existence. hopefully other drivers will slow down and give some room for me and other driver.

honk become a road safety equipment.

2:24 AM  
Blogger firdausmubarik said...

maybe Jakartan just have another philosophy " I HOOK therefore I am"

3:39 PM  

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