The growth in sales of novelty, aftermarket car add-ons has given way to a huge car culture filled to the seams with a diverse array of upgrades and modifications, some which are highly useful, some which are very aesthetically pleasing, and others which serve no purpose other than to humor those who install them. In this article, we’ll go over two vehicular add-ons that fall into that latter category, and which are quite harmless and fun when used appropriately, but could be dangerous to use on actual roadways. This way, if you ever decide to install one of these items, you’ll know when an appropriate time to use it is, and when a good time to keep clear of it is.
If you’re thinking, “What do train horns have to do with cars?” you may be one of the lucky ones who hasn’t been surprised by one of these babies on the road. Custom train horns are aftermarket add-ons used entirely for fun and games. They reproduce actual train horn blast noises and are very loud, and these parts don’t replace the conventional car horn in any vehicle. Using one on a highway or even a back road is dangerous and should be avoided. The sounds these horns produce are too loud and startling, and can cause another driver to panic. That’s why train horns are illegal in some states. If you want to use one and it’s legal to do so in your region, just be sure to do it in an isolated spot, away from the road, where there’s no chance of anyone doing something swift to react to the sudden loud noise booming from your car, truck, or SUV.
Police Lights and Sirens
First thing’s first, and most drivers know this already: it is illegal to impersonate a police officer. Now that that’s out of the way, there is a growing market of novelty police lights and accessories to be explored, and these add-ons are becoming ever more popular. Some drivers like to outfit their SUVs with roof mounted red and blue strobe lights. Others like to hook up police spotlights and sirens. Though you can’t use them on actual roadways, these lights and sounds are great for playing tricks on friends in your driveway, and are perfect for car enthusiasts to use at car shows and such. If you ever wanted to feel real authority, this is about as close as you can get with your car.
Again, make sure to check on local and state laws in your area before installing any of these items. If you’re ever unsure whether it will be safe or not to use one where you are, you’re probably unsure for a reason, so don’t just blast that train horn or set off those novelty police lights anyway. The safety of you and others on the road and elsewhere depends on proper and effective use of these novelty devices.