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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationOther - Cars & Transportation · 1 month ago

Why do big trucks have air horns instead of regular car horns?

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because they can.

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  • 1 month ago

    You know why. The bigger the truck, the smaller the.......brain?

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  • Fred
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Some large trucks do have regular car horns factory installed on them.

    Usually once the truck becomes large enough for air actuated brakes an air horn is installed.

    A loaded truck will take more distance to stop than 'regular traffic'  a loud air horn distinctly warns 'regular' traffic something very large and dangerous is headed their way!

    Horns do require a great amount of energy to make large amounts on noise.  Compressed air stores a great amount of energy to make that noise.  

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    So you know it is a truck horn, and get out of the way!

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  • 1 month ago

    Because they can.

    It's also good, because while if a driver hears a horn, it may or may not cause them to pay attention and take action.

    But if you hear an air horn - I can guarantee you are going to snap to and do whatever you need to do to keep from being hit by a tractor trailer.

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  • Ron
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They have both      

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    An electric horn will not do.  And the truck already has a compressor.  Might as well use it.

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  • Anton
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    You have the question backwards. 

    Cars have electric horns because they don't have the air available.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because they have air systems.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They have air compressors for the air brakes. so the air horn sounds off better...and louder than electric.  And being on the cab everyone can hear it, not just the car in front of them.

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