Straw Poll, What hand do you use????

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On a rather long drive home from Wowan, Qld to Scone today my wife and I had a debate about what hand you use to wave to another driver.

I have my hands on the wheel at around ten to two and use my left hand.

I explained to my darling wife that if you use your right hand they may not see it because of the window column.

Unfortunately I was shot down in flames as many drivers used their right hand.

So,,,,,, what hand do you use.

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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:34

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:34
I use my right. And yes it has occurred to me that no one can see! But I feel uncoordinated if I try to wave with my left.
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Follow Up By: Witi Repartee - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:42

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:42
Definitely BOTH hands, but for no more than 100 metres. I also model my wave on Queen Elizabeth, it is more of a slow rock side to side rather than anything frenetic. Oh..and I steer with my knees while performing these actions so there is no chance of an accident.
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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:46

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:46
I reserve the knee steering for when putting on make-up.. or texting.. or both.
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Follow Up By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:15

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:15
;) that should get a reaction.
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Follow Up By: lizard - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 10:20

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 10:20
That is so dangerous , do what I do , get passenger to hold steering wheel
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Follow Up By: SDG - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 21:57

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 21:57
The six year old sitting on your lap is safer than the passenger. At least they are on the correct side of the car.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:05

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:05
I like to have the window down and always use right hand.

But then I'm left handed.
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:08

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:08
Boo Boo, the recommended method, is to count to 100 and change hands ..... [;-)
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:13

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:13
I think i use my right hand - and i am left handed ~

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Reply By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:15

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:15
We use both left and right hands but not at the same time........BUT thought of those white hands you used to get on a spring and connected to a suction cup, that you stick to the windscreen, that does the waving for you BUT you would have to keep my your eyes peeled for the police :(
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Reply By: Member - Dirt Princess - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:18

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 21:18
After watching my dad for years and my ol' bushy hubby it is generally the right hand which is situated at 12:00 or 1:00 o'clock. And it's not generally the whole hand but the two fingers that salute(the correct way not the naughty way) as in the peace sign or together for a soldier's salute. Hmm.. something like that anyway. The other hand is generally holding the steering wheel at the bottom whilst it rests on the lap.
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:18

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:18
When the princess and I did a trip up north in 2005, I waxed lyrical on the various types of salutes" you received from passing motorists. They are many and varied and probably reflect more of a persons personality than we realise. My observations were as follows;

From the Journal - 29th May, 2005

The amusing thing to note is the acknowledgement gained from fellow motorists in the forms of waves and finger gestures as they pass. I’ve identified the most popular and will attempt top give a brief description of them.

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 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!


70 km west of Tibooburra 2005


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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:21

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:21
Oh yeah, the question....right hand, top of the wheel, two fingers up and moving forward. Sort of a half cockie above ;-)



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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:39

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:39
Thank god I'm to busy to come on that trip with you.... 5000 kilometres of the above may have me walking.

Is this what made Al go a bit strange?

BTW, when are we having the toasties, the can is waiting?
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:56

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 22:56
Things we talk about on looong trips. I lift my right hand up with my palm still on the wheel. Im left handed too.We live in a little town where the locals wave. Then we travel with the jayco and all jayco owners wave then a different hat goes on in the truck.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 23:24

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 23:24
Right hand up for me...... I just thought..... what would be handy is one of those hands that we use to have on the trucks (I don't include 4x4's here) for turning before the days of indicators, when someone is coming just pull it up and it waves LOL LOL. I must be tired......

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Reply By: Member - Lee & Arrabella A'Van - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 05:22

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 05:22
The left...it's really just a flick of the wrist accompanied by an inane grin on the face... which I am sure the subtleties are evident to an oncoming driver travelling at 110kph. (Of course everyone sticks to the speed limit)
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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 08:13

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 08:13
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Follow Up By: Member - cherrywipe - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 13:08

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 13:08
I would wave but I m armless
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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 13:45

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 13:45
Exactly the same method as BooBoo - unless I'm feeling frivolous and then I wave madly out of the window.
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 14:46

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 14:46
This morning on CFM radio (Darling Downs) they were asking who gives a courtesy wave these days.
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Follow Up By: petengail - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 15:44

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 15:44
Wife uses both hands and I use my right hand in a synchronised three handed wave. We obviously only do this when we are rather bored.... seems to crack up a lot of the people we wave to though...
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Reply By: ChrisE - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 16:45

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 16:45
I usually do the cockie but I think the old wave is on its way out, as it is more of an effort to go from the nine and three as more and more cars on the road have airbags. Probably the worst time to put your hand in front of that explosive sucker when you have a car coming towards you.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 17:19

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 17:19
We use one of those hands on spring things that I mad myself.
Even then we often wave with whatever hand is not busy.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:01

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:01
One finger, left hand for me.

When you have a "convoy" of vehicles approaching, less effort is best.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:02

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:02
One finger, left hand for me.

When you have a "convoy" of vehicles approaching, less effort is best.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 19:13

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 19:13
Thanks for the replies.

They were quite entertaining.

I think the best wave we have seen was from a young couple waving those hands on a 'spring stick'. They were smiling from ear to ear and having a great time.

Since then we put a lot more effort into the 'wave' have some great reactions as we drive past.

They probably think were are mad,,,,, but it helps keep alert and have some fun.
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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 22:04

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 22:04
When behind the wheel it is usually the two finger with the hand at 12.

On the bike it is a nod of the head, or, just lifting all the fingers up on the right hand.
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