Ever wondered why is it written behind trucks? India has many mysteries which are yet to be solved and one such strange one is this! One can see this while travelling from road or highways where trucks pass. The phrase is very common in India and painted behind the vehicles. But why is this written? Well, we have the answer!
Nowadays people think that if one has to overtake the vehicle then this phrase is written, so that the person can honk and move ahead! But where did it start?
It started from Tata Motors in India. Since most of the trucks in India were manufactured by TATA, so whenever a new truck came from the factory it went under various tests! After verifying the truck, it was stamped as “OK TATA”. Then came the creativity of other people too, and so they started painting “Horn Please” instead of the word “TATA”.
“OK” was also used as an indication by driver to maintain certain braking distances!
The “OK” phrase came during Second World War. At that time, diesel was not available easily and there was shortage so kerosene started being used. So the paintings started as a warning that mentioned “On Kerosene” to maintain safe distance between vehicles. “On Petrol” was also used at that time.
One theory also says that the original words said “Horn Overtake Please” but then the T would merge into the paneling of truck and so got mistaken for Ok!
During the Second World War there were no lights that can be seen on streets nowadays. So if a car had to overtake a lorry in night it had to honk. There used to be a red light under the truck which would switch on to the signal that it was OK to overtake. In the middle of the night while there was total blackout, the OK sign would light up!
Another country that follows this apart from India is Pakistan; one can see such phrases written in Urdu in Pakistan, and the trend still continues in both the countries!
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