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Driving gestures system on the road or Signs of driver’s solidarity

Система жестов водителей на дороге

You get behind the wheel of your new car and rush along the highway. Cars fly past you, you enjoy speed. Suddenly a passing driver twice signaled you, the one driving behind you turned on the high beam headlights. What is going on?

A bit of history

Agree, to protrude out of the car window and shout in front of the riding driver that he has the rear left wheel lowered, is not the safest occupation. Most motorists around the world think so, so a special signal alphabet of drivers was created to facilitate understanding on the road.

It is difficult to say when and in which country they first began using various conventional signals to facilitate communication on the road, but it is reliably known that the police themselves contributed to the spread of the signal alphabet of drivers in Russia.

About thirty years ago, an article was published in one of the then Soviet newspapers according to a police officer. The policeman was indignant at what was happening on the roads of the decaying West: drivers warn each other with headlights of police posts and ambushes. Like, that's how bad they are.

In response to this article motorists of the entire Soviet Union flashed headlights.


The headlights were designed to illuminate the road for motorists. But as it turned out, this is not their only function.

Motorists often use a light like two short high beam flashes. This sign can be interpreted in different ways, it all depends on the specific situation. If you are "winked" headlights oncoming vehicle - its driver warns you about the danger. Most often this danger becomes a road police post or an accident on the road.

When driving cars it is not appropriate to pop out of your car window and sort things out with the help of words and gestures. It is better to be more tactful on the road and more often to pay attention to the signals of another driver.

Two short high beam flashes? You can confidently pass - you give way. But do not forget to thank the motorist with one short blinking of the emergency lamps.

Is driving behind the car signaling you with high beam headlights in the back? This means that her driver requires you to give up the lane. Of course, this is not the most tactful gesture, but it is better to give way to a rushing driver. Having noticed such a signal, turn on the turn signal and smoothly transfer to the next row.

In contrast to the post-Soviet space in European countries, this signal is replaced by a more tactful one: the driver asks to give way by turning on the left turn signal.

In addition to the usual blinking of headlights on the road, they use something else: alternating switching from high beam to low beam. Thus, motorists report that you dazzle them with their headlights. In this case, you need to switch to low beam. Do not forget that the headlights must always be properly adjusted.

Turn signals

It would seem that everything is simple: turn on the right turn signal - turn to the right, turn on the left - to the left. But here, motorists have come up with certain signals.

Usually, truck drivers use turn signals as a means to communicate any information. If the left turn signal is continuously working for the vehicle in front of the truck, the driver of this vehicle warns you: “There is danger ahead! Don't overtake me. ” Did the truck finally catch the right turn signal? You can safely overtake the vehicle in front.

Speaking of trucks: if a truck overtakes you, wink at the driver with high beam lights after completing his maneuver. So you will not only help the truck driver determine when to complete overtaking, but also protect your vehicle from a collision with a wagon.

In Europe, turning on the left turn signal asked to give way.

Signals by emergency lamps

Emergency lights are primarily designed for emergency braking when your vehicle has some problems. “Wrecks” are especially indispensable at night, when it’s just impossible for a driver of a traveling car to see a car standing on the road in a few seconds.

Nowadays, emergency lamps are increasingly used as a gesture of gratitude when you bring certain inconveniences to others. Thank the driver of the neighboring car for the opportunity to make a maneuver by short switching on the emergency gang.

Hand signals

Sometimes the use of light or sound signals is simply inappropriate, for example, when communicating with pedestrians or in traffic. In such situations, use more humane waveforms.

Does the driver of the next car have a tightly closed door? Make a hand gesture towards his door, if necessary, draw attention to yourself with a beep. The same gesture is used if something is stuck in a doorway, for example, a seat belt.

Clapping your hand through the air will mean that you have the trunk open.

The driver, making a hand gesture, like a flashing light bulb, reminds you that it's time to turn on the headlights.

If the driver of a nearby car points your hand to the side of the road, you need to stop and find out what the matter is: your car has some kind of malfunction.

Show the driver a fig if there is a cobble stuck between the rear double wheels of his vehicle. This often happens in trucks, trucks, gazelles and other similar cars.

Passing pedestrians in front of your car, wave them out the window. They may simply not see your facial expressions due to the glare of the sun on the windshield, and the sound signal will rather frighten them.

Sound signal

According to the rules, the beep can only be used to prevent a crash. However, now it is increasingly being used to express their dissatisfaction with a schoolboy running across the road or a “teapot” who was not looking around. Of course, not everyone will notice the light signal. However, use the beep only in extreme situations, especially in the city.

The most popular signal

In the afternoon on the highways Two short high-beam flashes from the oncoming car - a warning about an obstacle ahead: a traffic police inspector in the bushes or a serious traffic accident, which will have to slow down. In response, it is customary to raise the palm: “thank you”.

In addition, the flashing of the high beam in the dark may mean asking the oncoming car to switch the high beam to the low beam. Night on the lines Flashing left turn signal - danger or ambush. Flashing high beam - "blind far."

If the car flashes behind it, traditionally it is a request to skip it, to give way when there is no possibility to safely change lanes.

If you flash an alarm at night, then the driver warns that the high beam driving the car behind him blinds, reflected in the distant-looking mirror.

What other signs should a driver know?

You can ask a person to go back “keep a distance” by blinking with your feet. If you are approaching the tail of the “traffic jam” or there is sudden braking ahead, you need to flash with emergency gangs until the rear car comes close enough to make it clear that the signal has been understood. If there is no one behind, you should blink with emergency lights, until someone takes the baton.

If, when overtaking on the highway, the vehicle in front does not return to its lane and does not turn off the left turn signal, it means that the driver shows that there are no cars in the oncoming lane and that you can overtake.

Right turn signal and a few flashes far from behind the car going - please stop at the curb.

Hazard signals: If a neighbor has something in the stream with a car, you can get his attention with a horn and show the source of the problem.

Signs of gratitude

Thank you for your attention on the road. Usually this is the most popular signal of gratitude raised in salute. In addition, you can blink a couple of times "emergency gang". In response, you can sometimes hear a short beep saying, oh well, what could be there ...

About truckers

A kind of gentlemanly code adhere truckers. On narrow roads, when the truck closes the whole view for you, the long-haul trucker's driver will signal with a right-hand turn to indicate that the road ahead is empty and can be overtaken; or left, which means you can not overtake.

GAI officers often stop drivers warning oncoming vehicles about traffic police posts. But as a matter of fact, they cannot bring any charges against them, since it is very difficult to prove. However, the signal alphabet greatly facilitates the understanding of drivers on the road, and therefore helps to prevent unpleasant consequences.


  • The shown fig with the indication to a wheel - the STONE IN the WHEEL !!! (between two wheels) / usually truckers are shown ...
  • Two short high-beam signals - AHEAD OF A SECURITY, AHEAD OF DANGER (ZATOR, DTP);
  • Pat yourself on the shoulder (epaulets) - AHEAD OF THE SAI !!!;
  • Blinking lights and depict the gesture of photographing - PHOTORADAR !!!;
  • One long high beam signal from the rear hemisphere - SET THE ROAD !!! ;
  • One long high beam signal "in the forehead" or on the side - "Pass it!". (It can be combined with a sound signal);
  • One short signal of high-beam headlamps “head-on” or sideways in a city traffic jam - MISSING !. (For a better understanding, it is desirable to combine with an appropriate hand gesture);
  • Left turn signal on a straight road - DANGER! Do not overtake! COUNTER!";
  • Right direction indicator - Ahead of FREE! NO INTERRUPTION NO !;
  • After that, it is necessary to blink the emergency gang several times - THANK YOU, BROTHER !;
  • A horn "in the back" after the previous point - NOT FOR WHAT !!! GOOD LUCK !;
  • Ahead of the car going persistently flashing emergency gang SWITCH TO THE MIDDLE LIGHT !!!
  • When overtaking you with a wagon, flash with a high beam - the FOUR MAY BE ADJUSTABLE IN YOUR BAND THE OVERHAW IS ENDED !;
  • The driver sits in a car with the engine turned off and the headlights turned on - INDICATIVE AND MIDDLE FINGERS SHOW IT ON YOUR EYES AND DIRECT AFTER THIS POINT ON HIS CAR;
  • Bent at the elbow, the raised left hand is clenched and unclenched into a fist - A TURNED IN THE INCLUDED CONDITION A TURN;
  • Waving your hand up and down with an open palm pointing downward after overtaking and pointing your thumb at the car - YOU HAVE A BAD !!!
  • Hand pointing to the side of the road (possibly with a beep or headlights) - YOU HAVE A BAD !! URGENTLY STOP !!!
  • The hand describes a circle and points down - YOU HAVE A WHEEL DOWN !!!
  • Slap his palm through the air - OPEN TRUNK !;
  • Hand gesture in the direction of the door of your car - DOOR IS CLOSELLY CLOSED !!!;
  • Short beep - ACKNOWLEDGMENTS;
  • Frequent flashing headlights of oncoming cars - SWITCH TO THE NEAR LIGHT !!! OR ATTENTION;
  • “Blinking” palm (like a bird's beak) - Turn on the lights !!!.