Is it Illegal to Drive without a Horn in Michigan?

Is it Illegal to Drive without a Horn in Michigan?

by / Monday, 16 December 2013 / Published in Michigan Law

Yes, it is absolutely against the law to drive without a properly working horn in Michigan:

Sec. 706. (a) A motor vehicle, including a motorcycle or moped, when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 200 feet but a horn or other warning device shall not emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or a whistle. The driver of a motor vehicle shall when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation give audible warning with his horn but shall not otherwise use the horn when upon a highway.
(b) A vehicle shall not be equipped with nor shall a person use upon a vehicle a siren, whistle, or bell, except as otherwise permitted in this section.

• Your horn should be audible at a distance of 200 ft. or greater
• It must be in good working order
• It should not emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound

This is a basic function that you need whenever driving your car. Failure to use your horn could be submitted as evidence of negligence if you’ve been sued in a Michigan car accident claim.

A car horn can protect you from vehicles that merge without looking. It can tell another driver that the light is green. It can even protect you from a suspicious person approaching your vehicle. The bottom line is that you need it.

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