Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Drivers sign language

A standardized sign language for drivers that extends the currently understood gestures.
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Most of us know the common driving signs (left arm extended = left turn, left arm crooked up at elbow = right turn {yes, for American, left-handed-steering autos}, etc.) How about: 1)Arm out, fist horizontal, thumb protruding. Now waggle thumb up and down by rotating wrist = your turn signal is on. 2)Arm out, fist clenched. Now repeatedly open fingers and reclench fist = your lights (or high beams) are on. 3)Point at road, then hold hand flat, palm down = your tire is going flat. 4)Finger (fore) pointed up and rotating = police up ahead (for traffic going the other way)

Passing a driving sign language test would be required prior to issuance of a license.

phoenix, Jun 14 2001


       Good idea, no need for added gadgets to your car.
human411, Aug 09 2001

       [UnaBubba] The problem with the existing sign language is that it (for the most part) consists of only one word, and it's not one generally used in polite company!
mwburden, Aug 09 2001

       I do those and more - including applause when a dolt in front of me 'finally' moves.
thumbwax, Aug 10 2001

       I prefer the "ironic thumbs-up."   

       As in, "Hey you are a cool guy because you tail-gated me for 20 minutes before you finally decided to pass me on the windiest part of the road. Good work."
Op, Aug 10 2001


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