My family is South African, and I grew up hearing them saying "hooting", referring to cars honking their horns. Of course now that I'm an adult I'm aware that's common usage, as I learned this after moving abroad and being chuckled at a few times. However, out of curiosity I recently had a look to see if I could see if this usage of "hooting" is peculiar to South African regional English, or whether it's just my family.
My question is, where (if anywhere) is it common to refer to cars honking their horns as "hooting"? Is it British? Is it particularly old-timey?
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to turn up any concrete answers, except for this forum thread where an English teacher of unknown provenance asks my exact question. The responses aren't particularly enlightening, but a user from Leicester says it's valid, and this StackExchange comment also implies it's valid UK usage, so I thought I'd ask the wise users of StackExchange for their thoughts :).