What is the Jeep Wave, and What’s its Origin?

August 21st, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Renegade

When you get a Jeep, you may not realize that you didn’t just purchase a vehicle, but you also joined a community. The love Jeep owners’ have for their off-roading SUVs runs deep, and has helped form a bond between them. This bond is now embodied in the signature Jeep Wave.

History of the Wave

No one knows the exact origin of the Jeep wave, but there are a few reported Genesis stories of how it came to be:

  • One story dates back to World War II, when Jeep vehicles were center stage on the battlefields. Since Jeeps were used on both sides of the war, those driving the Jeep started their own waves so they could distinguish between allies or enemies as they drove.
  • Others, however, say the Jeep Wave actually started when the war was over, when soldiers who made it home waved at each other as a way to show they served in the war.
  • Finally, there are some who say the Jeep Wave started with those who take the Jeeps off-roading and wanted to share their excitement with other drivers who appreciate the same type of adventure-seeking.

How to Do the Jeep Wave

The Wave tends to be a side-to-side motion, but it has modifications that can be implemented if necessary including:

  • The Top off: One handed wave above the windshield or outside the body tub
  • The Top off during freezing weather: A nod will suffice
  • The Southern/rural version: Raise fingers from steering wheel and nod

The Hierarchy

Believe it or not, there is a hierarchy that hardcore Jeep lovers recognize when it comes to the Wave, but wherever your Jeep falls in the hierarchy, you are still considered part of the Jeep family. Factors that can determine your vehicle’s position:

  • The model year our Jeep
  • Whether your Jeep is a daily driver or an outfitted off-road machine
  • And other nostalgic factors

The Rules

When encountering a Jeep that you know is “higher ranking”, it is common practice for you to initiate the Wave and continue it until it is returned. If you get a blank stare in return, chances are you are looking at a new Jeep owner who isn’t familiar with the Wave.

The Jeep Wave Program

Believe it or not, there is a Jeep Wave program! This exclusive, members only plan offers eligible Jeep owners around the clock support, discounts at over 150 premium retailers, VIP access to Jeep events, and more! As if you needed another reason to join the Jeep family.

Get Your Wave on at Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde

Want to learn more about Jeep and the Jeep community? Let us at Cecil Atkission Motors Uvalde be your guide. Contact us with any questions you have or read up specific models in our model showcase guide. We’ll help get you behind the wheel of your favorite Jeep Wrangler configuration.

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