A recent thread on the Tesla subreddit popped up and proposed the question; “Is there a Tesla wave, like the jeep wave?”
The answer was a yes; sort of, considering the owners who responded, saying they do like to wave to other Tesla owners, are likely the most enthusiastic about their cars. Since many owners do not follow the Tesla forums and the subreddit. However, that doesn’t take away from how cool the idea can be and the fact that a small handful of enthusiasts can popularize the phenomenon and spread it to many more owners.
The tread discusses between owners about how often they get a response wave in their geographical area and why. With opinions ranging from almost never so I don’t even bother, to quite often since I always wave when I spot a fellow Tesla. As well as some users complaining that the Tesla demographic in their area simply plugged in and drove, not caring much about the specifics of the machine, but only that it worked getting them from point A to B, thus they would not replicate their token of friendship.
Car Specific Wave
The concept of a vehicle specific wave is not a new one but it is a great way to symbolize the bond two strangers have in with each other regardless of how different they may well be and though they may never cross paths again. Throughout the thread a few commenters descried their own style of wave; one Reddit user, 110110, saying: “I simply give a thumbs up.” Another Redditor/Tesla owner, nyintx, bragging of how he received a “shaka” in response to his wave, to a very committed owner, kushari, who compiled his dashcam video from of his Tesla Model S “nodding” as he called it to other drivers and even a gentleman hailing a cab in front of him sporting a Tesla hat.
I do not feel as though any one person including myself has the authority to select a single action to serve as the Tesla wave but I implore those enthusiasts in the community to pursue a single wave to unify the community. A simple yet effective gesture to form a bond like that of the Jeepers. Let it serve as a reminder to reinforce that your vehicle is more than just a mode of transport from point A to B but a form of self-expression that speaks volumes to who you are as a person, if you let it.
Do you wave at other cars or fellow Tesla Model S drivers? If yes, how and what response do you get?