Dear RV Shrink:
It is nice that most campgrounds have “no generator” zones, quiet hours posted, and in most cases a considerate population of campers. However, I am often jolted awake in the early morning hours by that most annoying of all sounds, the automobile alarm system. It is not uncommon for some camper to get up in the middle of the night to retrieve something from their car and the blasted horn alarm goes off.
Am I the only one that finds this annoying to the point of verbal abuse? Do I need to check my feelings at the threshold of an outburst response to this invasive blaring? I am sure it has no impact on the horny neighbor, but it seems to be an automatic response for me to yell at them. —Honk if you like me in Lakeland
I received a similar complaint a few months ago, so you’re not the only one annoyed by car alarms blasting people awake in the middle of the night.
Yelling only does one thing – it makes you look like a jerk. I would suggest you be a bit more understanding. The person that may need a shrink is the engineer that designed that stupid system. First, do you ever think when you hear those horns blaring, “Hey, someone is stealing a car!” No, you always think, “Who was the idiot engineer that decided that was a great option for every new vehicle in the world?!”
Couldn’t we just have the lights flash quietly? Couldn’t we have the steering wheel quietly lock up? Couldn’t we just have the smart car call the owner’s smartphone and report a possible abduction?
I think we have all experienced an electronic malfunction with this crime-fighting system. I tried to disconnect the horn on mine once but I couldn’t find the stupid thing. I believe it was located under the bumper just so it could not be disconnected.
So instead of yelling at the moon when this happens again, try this: Picture some poor soul out in the dark, in a panic, madly pressing every button on their key fob trying to make their car shut up. They are already embarrassed enough without you making them feel worse. Have you ever thought about the people camped near you listening to some hyena yelping at the poor devil with the malfunctioning horn? —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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