What do the words “Trucker Salute” or “Trucker Air Pump” mean to you?
You’d probably answer it’s the signal you give a truck driver with your arm to tell them to tug the air horn. Many adults know what this is from their childhood, but more and more children nowadays have no idea what it means or how to get the truck driver to blow the horn.
Drivers across the country have voiced their opinions on the matter, saying, “It’s now become a rare occurrence, and honestly something we brag about if it does happen.”
Jim Bohannan, Sr. Vice President of Mister “P” Express in Jeffersonville, Indiana says it’s happening less and less, according to Memphis news.
Another driver, Morris Black stated, “You’re sitting there, you’re driving, you’re concentrating on the road, you’re concentrating on traffic and some little kid comes by and does this and it’s just like, OK! I got this! I can do it! It makes me feel good.”
Hollywood Kyle, who drove trucks before coming to the radio station, said he only saw one child “salute” him while driving. And as a matter of fact, he did brag about it to family and friends.
So, ask the young people in your life if they know what it means. And if they don’t, teach them. Most drivers will recognize them and be happy to blow the horn in appreciation.