They Warn the Car Behind

From the Washington Post - May 2, 1915. So whatever happened to the idea of electric gongs supplementing turn signals.? Seems like it could actually be useful.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed May 22, 2013
     Category: Motor Vehicles | Cars | 1910s

Many light farm trucks now have mounted spikes on the rear, the purpose of which is to impale large rounds of hay for transport to livestock in the fields. Most are hydraulically operated from the drivers position. The first time I saw one I thought that the spike would be ideal as a tailgating deterrent. Bells and gongs? Some idiots don't even acknowledge red traffic signals.
Posted by KDP on 05/22/13 at 10:52 AM
Sorry, but bells and gongs would be very intrusive to those trying to talk on the phone. And, Lord knows, how attention grabbing they would be while texting.... Auto-correct could just run amuk!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/22/13 at 10:58 AM
They had all kinds of different ideas for what a proper auto signaling system should look like in the formative years of motoring. Early VW's
had little lighted arms (called semaphores) that would extend to indicate
your intentions. :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 05/22/13 at 11:27 AM
Why would the auto manufacturers care about adding warning alarms to prevent rear-end collisions when they didn't even care enough to recall cars a few years ago whose designs were well known by them to result in various types of fatal injuries in low impact accidents?
Posted by ScoutC on 05/22/13 at 07:52 PM
An audible warning is a good idea. There are so many blind drivers out there and it may save a life or two. I would like to put an air horn on my motocycle!
Posted by BMN on 05/23/13 at 08:32 AM
BMN, a friend of mine put an air horn on his Goldwing about 20 years ago and said that he was driving along a 4 lane highway when a woman started pulling into his lane where he was. He let the air horn go and he said she just about drove into the ditch.
So my thought is, a great deterrent to those who can't look for motorcycles on the road.
Posted by Terry on 05/24/13 at 03:56 PM
Semaphores? Really? Or are you pulling our leg Navy man?

I love the idea of horns on motorcycles!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/24/13 at 09:11 PM
Years ago I stuffed an Ahouuuga horn on my BMW. Worked great but, occasionally, rubber-necks would start looking for the source instead of getting out of the way.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/25/13 at 12:44 AM
No bull Patty!SEMAPHORES! :coolsmile:
As for horns on motorcycles, CHECK THIS OUT! Yeah, That's a TRAIN horn! :coolsmile: :lol:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 05/25/13 at 07:59 AM
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