Honestly, this is the best idea I’ve had in months.
Car horns should be as loud inside the car as they are outside the car.
I’ve written about car horns before. They are probably the biggest daily drag on my quality of life as a pedestrian and a bicyclist. If you could measure the stress and anger spewed like shrapnel in every direction by car horn detonations, I bet the cost to our health care system would be titanic.
You can’t get rid of them entirely because they’re “safety features.” But make the driver experience that awful sound the way their victim bystanders do, and the horn would quickly become used for what it’s supposed to be used for: emergencies.
The benefits would go beyond sidewalk stress and anger, too. Car horns give us the illusion that we have some control over the jerkoff six cars up who isn’t driving at the instant the light changes green. Make this change to car horns, and we learn a little patience (while thanking the driver who takes one for the team and honks anyway).
We’ve also diminished the car horn as a signal of danger by using it constantly. Make them unpleasant to honk, and everyone will pay more attention to the horns we do hear.
Seriously, Washington DC. Make this happen.