Turn off Your Car Horn – Less Beeping = Less Noise

Disconnect Your Horn

Here’s something that will improve all of our lives – lessen neighborhood noise. If you have a system where you click on a fob to lock your car and it makes your car beep – figure out how to change that to your lights flickering or learn some other method to lock and unlock your car so that everyone doesn’t have to listen to a car beeping every time you want to enter or exit the vehicle.

Sometimes this is a difficult thing to figure out – but ask your dealer or look at the car’s instructions. We’ve all gotten used to the convenience of this feature – but really, it’s an annoyance – especially if you live near where people come and park a lot – like a supermarket.

Feel free to like the Car Horn Disengagement Society fan page – and your comments are welcome below. Especially helpful would be ideas on how to collect information on how to adjust cars that are the worst offenders. My sense is that it’s VW’s, but I could be wrong.


6.21.16 – Update: How about this – people moving more quietly.. on purpose.. Wow.

And, an interesting article on the topic.

4.27.22 – Best resource ever on this topic!


Hey, car-horn abusers: Try reading the manual next time

“It’s 2 a.m., a hot sultry night. With the humidity finally lifted a little, nothing feels better than having windows opened at last, ceiling fans stirring, and some of that long-awaited Canadian summer air breezing through.

That is, until your neighbour’s guests leave, and blast two long honks on their car horn to remind the people they just spent an hour saying goodbye to in the driveway – after spending eight hours in their backyard – that they are indeed leaving.

Why do people do this?

I do not expect rural quiet in an urban setting. Patio chatter, hot tub frolicking, all varieties of music mingling in the night air – all of this is woven into the quilt of city living. I’ll admit to appreciating when folks dial it back a bit by midnight – I lived with a veritable frat house backing onto mine a couple of years back and sat up most nights poised with a fire extinguisher, ever fearful their giant bonfires would set up a flaming maze of interconnected drought-ravaged hedges. They were terrible neighbours in most ways; but there is nothing quite as special as those who abuse their rights to a car horn.

As a rule, I find people who don’t read their car manuals end up not realizing just how many neat things their car can do. They’re missing out on some unique settings, important instructions, and a sense of control very much needed when their car starts flashing things and they make a desperate fumble through the glove box, chasing down an index that includes everything but what the car is currently doing.

It’s too bad, because many cars will allow you to disengage the horn when you lock it with the remote. This is usually a factory setting; the same way you change the seats and mirrors, you can change this. Locking your car and having the horn reassure you it is truly locked may be comforting. For the unwitting person standing next to your car, it can be startling. Especially if you’re a block locker – you hit your remote a block away from your car, as you perhaps enter the mall.

Horns should be used to warn of imminent danger. Their use should be a rarity. Instead, they’re being used increasingly to convey the fact that somebody has enraged you. The person who cut you off doesn’t give a damn; nailing your horn does not shoot darts into their tires to teach them a lesson, nor release a puff of lavender into your car to calm you down.

Why bother?



  1. Abigail Harris says

    LOVE THE CAR HORN SUGGESTION! I’ve been meaning to do this since I bought my car a few years ago.. Confounding thing with newer cars is they only have a key hole in one door–the driver’s. So if you want in to the cargo door, passenger side door, etc. while car is locked, it’s “easiest” to click (and thus honk) the car open. Same when locking after being in the cargo/trunk area.

    I plan to look this up today in my manual! Thanks for your actions to create a better world, Albert.

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