Are adults ok too? Asking for a friend...
@Dr Bimbi, agreed and i would like to know for science
@Dr Bimbi, do it. I'm sure they're desperate enough to make someone smile that it doesn't even have to be a kid at this point.
@Dr Bimbi, as a trucker I can honestly say, go for it. Life’s too short not to have a good time any way you can.
@Dr Bimbi, No
@Doctor Yak, As a trucker, it never had to be a kid. Blowing the horn is fun, making people smile is just a bonus. Over the last three years I've only had 3 people do the pump, sad times we live in.
@mazemarble, I always let truckers merge in front of me - I know the pains of the job (Used to work at Bendix). I always liked when they honked to say thanks. But I've since moved and there aren't any truckers not on 2-lane roads and it kinda sucks.
Back when we were kids, all we could do during a car ride was look out the window. Now all the kids are glued to iPads and smartphones so they have no need to look out the windows during long drives
@Depressed Cashier, I wasn't young enough for the smart phones but I definitely had my game boy color or GBA any time I traveled.
@Dr Kriegerstein, Pokémon???
@TheKnightsWhoSayNi, I mean that was one of a few games I played. But yeah. Gold/Silver/Crystal were my favorites.
@Depressed Cashier, very true
I remember doing that as a kid and the truck drivers always smiled and looked like they were having as much fun as we were
I read when I was a teen, mid-late 2000's, that people stopped doing this bc it freaks people out when they randomly hear an 18 wheeler's horn blare on the highway and interstate. I guess it would mainly be people who weren't paying attention, on phones and other ways, but idk if that's true or not. People hear the horn and think something bad is happening. We used to do it, but it randomly stopped as I grew up. I stopped doing it bc I would consistently pump my arm and the drivers wouldn't look me way.
@TheSeasonIAm, last I heard, it was illegal or something like that. Otherwise, this 30 yr old never would have stopped doing it
I absolutely loved doing this. That and playing "I Spy". #Wholesome #Nostalgia
I loved doing that when I had the chance. The teachers on the bus told us not to though.
I was, like, 29 the first time i read this. And ever since, I've started doing it again. I don't have kids, so at least I'm trying!
I did this with a train when I was driving to work one day and it worked. It made my entire day and my friend riding with me thought I was the biggest goofball. I was so happy!
When kids used to do the arm pump it was because they were bored and looking out the window. Now kids have plenty of things to occupy their attention and don’t need the horn blow to pass their time.
I tried doing it once and the driver just flipped me off
My principal in elementary school banned all students from doing the arm pump because it was distracting to the truck drivers. I actually got detention for continuing to do it.
Theyre so hard up theyll do it for an adult to.... just gonna leave that out there.
Still do it
My girl tries to get them to do it. Has only been successful twice. I think its the truckers who dont care anymore.
@1oftheFew, little bit of both.
Shiiii I do it when I ride past trucks with my motorcycle group. 10+ tough looking bikers come rolling past and one of them is pumping their arm trying to get you to honk. How couldn't you honk?