Waving is fraught with danger if done unthinkingly.
When we set off on our first trip around Australia in our huge (by Australian RV standards) white tag axle bus, I used to wave at anything that was coming towards us. In Oz, waving really means raising one's index finger while leaving the rest of the fingers on the steering wheel, but occasionally we would also give a "proper' wave like the Queen gives when on parade.
Now you also need to understand that in Australia, there are perhaps three main classes of RVers (not that we use that term either).
There are the backpackers, those poor unfortunates who travel around in a beat up van with side sliding doors - very derogatorily referred to as Whizzzzzz-BANGs - and I'll leave it to you to figure out why.
Oh, there is also a subspecies of the whizzzzbangers, and that is the people with such bad taste as to actually pay money to hire a Wicked Camper which are infamously reviled for having misogynistic slogans spray painted all over them. You can see some examples if you google "Wicked Campers Australia" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-1...ss-fun/5598858
which is even more gross. Some caravan parks refuse to even let them in the front gate - bit like those RV Resorts that refuse motorhomes over 10 years old in the US. Lowers the tone of the place doesn't it.
Next step up the evolutionary ladder are those pulling caravans - which in Australian doesn't mean the long line of newbies heading up to foreign countries like Alaska and - shudder - Mexico in the tender care of a verbose waggon master and a taciturn tailend charlie, but is what you call a Travel Trailer.
Of course there are all sorts of other lesser-known tribes with fivers, slideons and the like, but they aren't all that much in evidence.
Then, top of the dung-heap are the motorhomes and way above those are the BigRigs which are very rare and deserve the awe and attention they deservedly get when we deign to turn up among the other lesser mortals.
Anyway, to get to the point of my ramblings - the topic of this discussion - after we had been on the road for a few weeks we began to hear disturbing reports of an unusual surge in the number of whizz-bangs and caravans and even an occasional minimalist motorhome crashing and burning, sometimes with great loss of life if they happened to involve a school bus or a group of CWA ladies out on an excursion.
Verrrry puzzling indeed.
Anyway, we were cruising along an outback road at 62 and a half miles per hour - which is 100kmph, the maximum allowable for a heavy vehicle in Australia - when we saw huge activity up ahead. Lots of dust as vehicles pulled up across the road, even tractor trailers crosswise as well and flashing lights by the dozens and several hundred police and troops.
What on earth.....
Anyway, we coasted to a stop wondering what it was all about. Next second, out BigBus is full of flash-bangs and tear gas and lead is flying everywhere and we are flat on our faces with ten cops kneeling on our chest. You know the scene.
Actually, that doesn't happen in Australia. In reality, a lone policeman pulled up level with us and gestured for me to please pull over. He then very apologetically asked if we could spare a minute and accepted our invitation to come inside out of the sun.
Long story short, he told us about all the crashes that had been happening all over Australia and the great amount of investigations that had been done over many weeks and when all the analysis had been completed and the few survivors stories collated, the one single factor that emerged was that a very large white bus had come in the opposite direction just at the time of the crashes.
Nothing unusual in that of course but what was very unusual was that in each case the drivers and the passengers of the crashing vehicles went into a catatonic state and ran off the road.
Why? Because the driver of a vehicle on the top of the RVing ladder deigned to wave at these unworthy creatures and their already fragile psyche just couldn't handle it.
Of course I hadn't done anything illegal but the nice policeman did ask if I could curb my enthusiasm and stop waving to other drivers.
Thanks heavens I wasn't driving a King Aire eh?