Procedure for Waving!

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  1. MHVirgins

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    Since we bought our mh, anytime we've been out on the road we noticed that almost all mh drivers we see on the road, will give us a friendly wave!! :driving2::coolthumb: We think this is great because when we had the caravan, other caravanners didn't bother:Blush:
    However, we noticed an article in the September issue of Motor Home Monthly, which gives the "procedure for waving" which is as follows:-
    Take up the standard hold on the steering wheel (ten-to-two position) and as a vehicle approaches keep the thumb firmly round the steering wheel and raise the four fingers of the left hand in a right-hand drive vehicle.
    We were told recently that only mh drivers who are foreign or hiring don't bother to wave.
    What do you think?
    We are disappointed if another mh driver doesn't wave when we're out and about, because they're usually all such a friendly bunch.:thumb:



     
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    I get annoyed with myself if I miss another motorhomer giving us a wave....:Doh:

    It normally only happens if I'm on the motorway in traffic, and they are several lanes away on the other side, and I was concentrating on the traffic around me...... If you waved at me and I missed you, and did not wave back, please forgive me.....:Blush:

    It's nice. reminds me of a friendly nod between bikers.
    It's a small gesture which shows it's a friendly community......:thanks::thanks:
     
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    Gonewiththewind Read Only Funster

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    I have to admit, I have got so fed up of waving and getting no response, that I have just given up. So I dont bother to wave anymore. Sorry.

    Don
     
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  4. MHVirgins

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    Callumwa!
    We were across in your neck of the woods a couple of weeks back.......we might just have waved to each other!:Laughing::thumb:
    We must keep waving, it's heartwarming to get a wave back!:thumb:
     
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    Gonewiththewind!:Smile:
    No, you can't give up waving! You'll end up as miserable as some of the caravanners that pass us on the road..........:Blush:
     
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    I heard another story about car drivers who wave to other drivers who are driving the same make of car.......some just lift one finger and others a full hand wave! The Volvo drivers caused a bit of bother though, with giving the two fingered "V" for Volvo........:Rofl1:
     
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    We wave now even though we don't have a motorhome anymore think its nice and friendly
     
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    Well, I release the steering wheel completely, Stand on the Seat, Hold one hand on the cab bed and wave frantically with the other :BigGrin:

    Then, if there is no response, I turn round and shoot at the offending vehicle from the rear window. :Wink:

    Think I might of hit gonewith the wind last week. :Rofl1:


    TBH, we always acknowledge another van, if they don't us, we consul ourselves in the fact that its either a Hire van, or it's a Hymer and we waved to them before they waved to us, thus breaking all the rules of the hymer owners club. :RollEyes:
     
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    I read the "procedure for safe waving" in MMM and assumed that it was either someone who worked in "elf'n'safety", were 80 years old and bored or they were simply being ironic. As per some comments back to the original mention on a forum somewhere, how on earth does the driver change gear, use indicators, operate switches, pick..... - you get the picture.

    We always try to wave at all other motorhomes (though have largely given up on VW campers as unfortunately the response rate is fairly close to zero) and do it in the traditional manner, that is, using all the fingers of the hand freely waved. The single or double digit wave is left for certain other road users but hardly ever used. Mrs Deluxe is usually thinking about something else, so the wave is a bit late from the passenger seat.

    Keep waving - it's good fun


    P.S. no bored 80 years olds were harmed in the making of this post :Smile:
     
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  10. lorger

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    Always wave when in mh and sometimes in car wonder why other motorhomers dont wave at me :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I think a friendly wave between vans is great, the greatest response we ever got was from a foreign van while touring in Scotland. On seeing them gave customary wave and we thought the lady would shake her hand off, and the smile she gave us made our day.
     
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  12. Jaws

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    Article in MMM is a really good example of why I, and a good many like me, would not bother to buy the bloody rag.

    It seems to be infested with idiots and those that presume you and I are idiots.

    I wonder if the person who penned the article has a radio in their vehicle ? Do they pull over and stop every time they wish to make an adjustment ?

    I can only presume they drive an automatic vehicle so as to ensure they do not have to take a hand off the wheel ?

    I flash and wave at all motorhomes.. Most wave back and the few that do not I put down to as a user of 'another place' and no fun at all ! :Wink:

    Oh, and afore folk say I should not flash etc.. DILLIGAF !!

    I will continue as best I can to live life as I see fit, and not be brain washed by H & S types who cannot get a real job !! :thumb:
     
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    LOL !! Rest assured you are not alone !

    I am a biker and I drive a Smart Car

    Each group are, in general, enthusiastic wavers :BigGrin:

    The amount of times I wave at the 'wrong' vehicle is unbelievable ... So if a Smarty driver or a biker waves at you, it will probably be me !
     
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    Stuff the mags boring recommendations. I see a MH approaching and make sure my left hand is at the 10 to/5 to the hour position on the steering wheel then when the other van gets close enough I stick my hand up. If they don't wave back I pretend I was stretching my hand so as not to look like too much of a tit to other road users :Rofl1:
    During my 11 week trip down south I had loads of people waving, especially the 'older' drivers, and some of the passengers/wives went quite batty waving which I think is fantastic. Takes me back to my VW Bug owning days :Smile:
     
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    I really dont think I can follow the waving procedure.

    Hubby would go absolutely mad if I started placing my hands on the steering wheel whilst he was driving :Doh::Doh::Doh:

    Meanwhile we will both continue to wave frantically at the motorhomers we pass
     
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    Per the above,

    Nothing wrong with Health and safety - it is a culture that works, prevents accidents and saves lives when incidents do occur. My gripe is - as above - against "elf'n'safety" where people don't inhabit the real world that we live in and wouldn't know a proper risk assessment even if it reared up and slapped them around the face with a wet kipper.

    Had to say that just in case a casual reader thought that we were bring somehow flippant about safety. Thanks
     
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    Hi
    I wave to others as we pass, not on motorways it's too far across and normally to busy, so only wave in relpy. Pete :thumb:
     
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    Thats exactly what I do:Rofl1:
     
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    I agree completely..
    Sadly that encompasses every bloody H S E rep I have ever had the misfortune to deal with in a professional capacity :Doh:
     
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    I always wave to MH's never to caravans and to hell with elf and safety.
     
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