India is a country where motorists love to use the horn while on the road. It might be one of the top countries when it comes to the usage of the horns and that’s why the noise pollution is quite high. Because of this very same habit, most Indian check the sound quality of the stock horn and many even get aftermarket horn installed in their new vehicle soon after the delivery. A few other go overboard and import horn to install in their vehicles. Here is one such person who spent Rs 1 lakh to install and aftermarket horn on his Mahindra Thar.
This horn sounds like a train horn and is imported from Canada. The owner claims in the video that this horn sounds exactly like a train horn and uses quite a complicated set-up. For the horn, there is an elaborate set-up that is placed in the rear of the car. It consists of a portable air compressor and a network of pipes that blow into the horn, which is positioned in the engine bay of the vehicle.
There is a separate button for the horn because you cannot use it on the public roads. Such loud pressure horns are banned in India, especially the pressure horns. In the past, such horns were quite common on the roads and were used by the roadway buses and truckers. However, over the years, random checking by the cops in different states ensured that most people do not have such loud horns installed in their vehicles.
According to the rules, the maximum loudness of a horn cannot exceed 112 dB. While we are not sure about the reading on a decibel meter when it comes to this particular horn but in general, such loud train horns are about 130-150 dB loud, which is quite extreme.
If you ask why such horns are used in a road-going vehicle. Well, it becomes quite useful while offroading at night. If you lose your way or trail in the dark and there is no other way of communication, you can attract attention by using such a loud horn. However, if used on the public roads, such loud horn can give anxiety attack to the people and may also permanently damage the ears. Since all the mechanism is well-hidden, the cops do not suspect road-going vehicles to have such pressure horns anyway.
The cost of this set-up comes to around Rs 1 lakh as per the owner. The horn trumpet costs Rs 25,000 while the compressor is for Rs 50,000. The rest of the money was spent on the installation and the shipping charges.