Beep, beep, honk, honk … The sound your car makes when you press your steering wheel seems generally harmless. You may use it to say “hello” to a friend passing by or to let another driver know they’re encroaching into your lane. But what if we told you one of these is actually frowned upon?

Laws for honking your horn differ by state, so simply using your horn to say “hello” may actually result in a traffic ticket—and a fine. Plus there’s even etiquette on when to honk your horn.

So do you know when to use your horn? Take this quiz to find out:

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Did you know? You can also honk your horn on narrow and winding roads where you can’t see at least 200 feet in front of you. This helps to let other drivers under the same driving circumstances anticipate passing another vehicle.

Stay on the Road to Safety

Now that you’ve learned when to use your horn, find other ways to be the best driver you can be.

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