DAY 189: How to wave on country roads

8 Mar

SEEING as I’m about to get my licence, I need to learn the etiquette of country roads. According to the bush pirate, there are three forms of steering wheel wave that are loaded with meaning.

 1. G’day. Slight raise of two fingers. Done with right hand, as left hand is changing gears.

 2. G’day! Lifting of hand, two fingers together. Usually with left hand, as right hand is holding the wheel.

3. G’DAY! Hand raised towards other driver, all fingers splayed as if trying to make self as large as possible.

NB: These are understood in Victoria and Tasmania; let me know if there are regional variants.

Keeper? Yes. Will practise down the shops till I get my wheels.

7 Responses to “DAY 189: How to wave on country roads”

  1. Tal March 9, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    There’s the one finger variant, only appropriate between drivers of similar classic Volkswagen vehicles. It’s code for ‘I may break down at any moment.’

  2. valentish March 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Yer right.

    Apparently I don’t have pose No.3 quite right – it’s supposed to be like throwing glitter, like a ‘shazam’. I think it will take a few more years of country living to perfect that one.

  3. emmo March 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Number 2 looks like the one the Queen does!

    • valentish March 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      No.1 looks like the foreplay of a teenage boy.

  4. helen March 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    i have to teach you how my dad did it. he taught me well and i am proud of my car waving while driving ability. there is much respect inherent in the wave

    • valentish March 17, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      Oh, please do! I’ll update the blog afterwards. Gotta get in those regional variations.


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