Bring back the wave

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 17:19
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Poor bugger me

Ever since we opted out of the Hilux and camper trailer, few folks on the road will wave.

As I wave to all and sundry, and as I try to peer through reflections on sloping windscreens, I get the impression that some drivers don't even look at cars passing in the opposite direction. There used to a perceived camaraderie on the road once you were clear of the suburbs - a sort of camaraderie that gave you the sense that it was good to be away from the city, that all folks out here were friendly, and that folks would stop and help if they saw you stopped on the side of the road.

I know, I know. All you caravaners, and RV-ers, and 4WDers, wave to each other, but what's with the rest of 'em.

BRING BACK THE WAVE.

I feel better now.

Cheers
john
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 17:48

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 17:48
Hi John

I still see a fair few people wave - it's just that now a days they are trying to be more economical with their effort and only use one of their fingers.

But seriously, I agree - it seems to be a thing of the past when you are close around town but a lot of "real country people" or travellers will give you a wave.

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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 19:19

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 19:19
Hear hear mate, I've taken to converting the wave to something else if they don't wave back, after they've gone past of course! And only if the wife isn't watching!
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:19

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:19
That doesn't help. Maybe that's all they see and figure that they shouldn't wave at all. Not the way to go mate.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 14:40

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 14:40
Well, I did say I waited for em to go past first you see. I am getting old but I'm not stupid yet. They might come back and road rage me if they saw me be offensive mightn't they?

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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 19:31

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 19:31
We have hired a caravan for Easter for the last few years. Getting used to the waving again was the biggest change I had to make to my driving style haha.
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Reply By: Kenell - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 21:07

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 21:07
John,

All this waving might be alright in the bush but since reading your post I have been driving the Hume freeway and I now have a dreadful dose of RSI. Nobody waved back that I noticed but at a terminal speed of 220kmh its hard to tell. I'm thinking of getting a plastic hand and sticking it on the windscreen. Hope this helps your cause !!
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 06:55

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 06:55
John, let me know when you find the plastic hand................ LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - John G - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 17:05

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 17:05
Johns and Jan,

Plastic hand + chip.

When it's within three meters of a vehicle passing in the opposite direction it hits their bluetooth speaker with "G'day mate, travel safely". Niche market for Exploroz?

Only out bush, of course.

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Follow Up By: Kenell - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 18:00

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 18:00
Brilliant - whack a patent on it - the technology exists - every time I enter a tunnel in Melbourne they break into the radio and give me the next excuse from the book as to why my trip will be slow. How good would it be if we could say gidday to a passing motorist?
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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 18:21

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 18:21
Can they even see you on the opposite side of the road??
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 21:51

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 21:51
My approach is to give a wave which usually is just a couple of fingers off the wheel. No not with the back of the hand towards the oncoming car. I don't bother looking to see if they waved back. I just keep my eyes on the road ahead. This has 2 benefits. Firstly it keeps my eyes concentrating on the road ahead. Secondly I don't get all bent out of shape if the other guy/gal doesn't wave back.

Simples (;-))

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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 22:27

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 22:27
Hi John,
I think there are a few different ways to wave......
(1) the tree in the wind.......all 4 fingers and thumb moving side to side
(2) the tree....... all 4 fingers and thumb still
(3) the branch......a couple of fingers just raised
(4) the twig......one finger off the wheel
(5) the bird......one finger out the window.... what you give when you don't get one of the other 4
Cheers Andy
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:23

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:23
Okay for 1 to 4 Andy. Don't like 4 but at least it isn't a negative reaction. However option 5 doesn't help. Maybe that's all they see and figure that they shouldn't wave at all. Leave it out. Just travel on and enjoy the drive.

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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 09:43

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 09:43
You need to lighten up Phil, you can't see the funny side of my post......as if they will see the bird once they have passed you on a dirt road with dust flying everywhere and 100m down the road....And would you bother doing it knowing they wouldn't see it.....
I only use the bird when you don't slow down and move over to the side to stop rocks breaking the windscreen, putting chips in the bonnet etc... .

And as for number 4 it is the most common one you get these days....

Have a great day
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 18:48

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 18:48
I don't need to lighten up. You are the one with the bird issue. As I said "Just travel on and enjoy the drive." Apparently you didn't read that bit.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:24

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:24
Phil I think it is you with the issue, as it was you who said ( However option 5 doesn't help.) As I said ( I only use the bird when you don't slow down and move over to the side to stop rocks breaking the windscreen, putting chips in the bonnet etc..) So If you slow down move over and don't throw rocks at me you won't see the eagle (that's a big angry bird.....) And I always enjoy my drive.....So I will wave like number 1 to you and say goodbye....

Taking it easy
Andy
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:51

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:51
Arrrgggghhhhhhh. Anbd before you argue with that It was meant as the sound of frustration.

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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 23:23

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 23:23
Hearing you John. I made a few observations on a trip back in 2005. Here they are;

1. The “Peace Man”; Left hand at 12 o’clock, index and middle finger raised in the classic sign of the 60’s.
2. The “Cockatoo“; Left hand at 1 or 2 o’clock on the wheel, thumb remains and four fingers move up and spread to the left.
3. The “Dicky bird“; One for true cricket lovers. Right hand up with fingers clenched and the index straight up. Slight movement forwards towards windscreen as if answering that age old question “ow-iz-ee?”.
4. The “Goal“; Hands in the classic 10 and 2 position on the wheel, both index fingers rocket upwards at the same time as if Sav Rocca has just threaded a beauty through the eye of a needle from 65 meters out.
5. The “Stop!”; Right hand up in front with palms out towards oncoming driver.
6. “The Howe”; (Refer Amerindian custom - F Troop etc) Left hand gesture. Elbow stays to rear and in middle of seats, hand up vertically with palm exposed and all digits extended together.
7 “The Frank“; My personal favourite and named after Cousin Frank who’s to tight to waste much energy. Left or right hand at 12 on the wheel, index finger only moves slightly up. At least it’s a gesture of acknowledgement, no matter how small.
8. “The Cowboy”; Index and middle fingers outwards like you’re playing shoot-em-ups.
9. “The Pope”.Hand forward palm outwards. Thumb out and index and middle fingers straight up. Ring and little finger bent inwards to palm. Also more effective if you make the sign of the cross as you pass vehicle!

In a blog here;Heading up to the Cooper 2005.

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Follow Up By: Member - John G - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:01

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:01
Beauty Mick

You have nailed the lot.

First, the wave is there.
Second, there's a learning exercise for ageing brains - a brainwave?
Third, we have to make a choice
Fourth, there's the exercise of different digits and limbs.
Fifth, it will confuse - "what did that bloke just do when we went past?" - and thus keep someone else's brain on the go.

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:25

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:25
I don't like indiscriminate waving, it comes across as insincere. A wave should mean something and be reserved for special occasions. There are too many cars out there these days meaning the pressure to wave is too high and intrudes on my day dreaming behind the wheel. I think that waves should only occur between those with the same model car in the case of popular brands like Toyotas, or the same brand of car for the less popular makes. Land Rover drivers tend to wave to each other even in the city, especially Defender drivers. They usually meet for a chat while the car is getting fixed at the mechanics once a month anyway.
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Follow Up By: axle - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 09:16

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 09:16
G/Day Michael 9, I was wondering when someone would mention the Deefer wave!

Been going on for a lot of years lol, and its good, not really a wave but a salute!

Where all in the same pain!..lol.... In saying this its irritating when you pass a Rangie driver and they don't even glance at you, Toyo drivers are just as bad, King of the road stigma'.


Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 09:35

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 09:35
I agree, I would much rather it was just kept to same vehicles or campers/caravans.

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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:29

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 07:29
Too many people in their own world and in too much of a hurry to even acknowledge anyone else is on the planet. Unless of course they want something from them. "Friends" on facebook - what a joke!

It reminds me of walking down a George Street in Sydney (sorry Melbourne but I haven't been into the city for decades.

Wave and they think that your off your rocker, try to be friendly and they avoid you, but worst of all smile and they lock you up.

I basically gave up waving on anything but dirt roads. But I will always respond and add a smile to boot.

It's not worth giving anything negative like suggested above.

Phil
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 14:07

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 14:07
May be a state thing. Only ever saw any kind of acknowledgement in Vic in the remotest areas. SA country it happens and is common in desert areas.

Motorbike riders commonly do it in Vic country but not cruiser/Harley riders. Go figure.
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 16:51

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 16:51
Well here you go, yesterday I got pulled over for speeding in Jabiru I was doing 75 in a 60.
I got out of the car and the local copper asked me how I was going, I said a bit fast apparently to which we both laughed. He then asked me why and I said I have no excuse and he said fair enough, he then asked if I had my licence on me and I said no.
As I knew my licence number he did a licence and rego check and he put me on the breatho and all was good, I asked him how much was it going to cost me and his reply was it is just a warning this time because your're a good bloke.
I said how is that, to which his response was out of all the people in town and all the visitors we have you are the only person that gives us a wave every time you drive by.
Guess what I did this morning as they drove past lol, so yes it pays to be nice.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:32

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 20:32
Steve, good outcome but be careful what you say on social media. Many will know where you are and who the local copper is. They may have a beef and put the boot into him.

Just saying.
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Reply By: Member - Markthemilko (WA) - Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 21:07

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 21:07
Near Hyden (WA) there are roadside signs 'wave to say goodday'. I always wave on country roads - cars trucks 4WDs -the lot!
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