More Hand Gestures for Driving

The other day, I was driving and I saw someone use one of the hand signals you are supposed to use to signal a turn if your turn signals aren’t working.  It got me thinking about nonverbal hand signals we can use to other drivers on the road.  There are the turning hand gestures, the “you go first” gesture, and “the bird”, and that’s about it.  It got me thinking how great it would be if we had a longer list of “official” hand gestures we could use to easily communicate to other drivers.  Here is a partial list of what I think would be very useful for us all to learn, although I have no idea what the actual gestures would look like, but we need some that mean these things:

–“I know you waved me to go first, but really, I think you should go first.”

–“I’m only changing lanes really briefly.”

–“I’d prefer you not drive that close to me.”

–“Are you a police officer?”

–“I really like your sunglasses.”

–“I still buy CDs.”

–“Who is your favorite Golden Girl?”  (note: there would need to be hand signals for each Golden Girl, including Stanley.)

–“I wish I could grow a mustache.”

–“I am not personally responsible for this traffic jam.  Would you like to get to the bottom of who is?”

–“I’m really more of a ‘dog person’.”

–“How about this weather?”

–“I can give you some pointers on how to go vegan, if you’d like.”

–“Do you happen to have a bathroom in your car?”

–“Wow! We’re both going super fast!”

–“Stop texting!”

–“Evolution is not a theory.”

–“You know, fellow traveler, driving down this nondescript highway, in a car I am indebted to, toward a job I hate, has me feeling like just a cog in a sinister capitalist machine.  Good day to you!”

–“I just had carpal tunnel surgery.”

–“*HAZARD LIGHTS*”

–“I wouldn’t mind learning the art of topiary gardening.”

These are just a sampling of the standardized hand gestures that I feel could make our lives easier.  Are there any I have left out? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

One Response to “More Hand Gestures for Driving”

  1. I can suggest some:

    –“I know you waved me to go first, but really, I think you should go first.” I think the index finger pointed straight out and then raised vertically would convey this.

    –“I’m only changing lanes really briefly.” Wave non-committal out the window.

    –“I’d prefer you not drive that close to me.” Upraised palm.

    –“Are you a police officer?” Index finger to thumb, middle finger on top of index.

    –“I really like your sunglasses.” O symbol with index and thumb with pinky connecting.

    –“I still buy CDs.” O Symbol.

    But I’ve often thought – we need something that conveys messages better than the horn. An RGB display panel in the front and rear windows would do the trick. Then you just dial in your message and it’s display for all to see. Something like “Be afraid, be very afraid.”

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