What is The Jeep Wave?

The History of the Jeep Wave 

In the days of texting and snapchat, the ultimate form of connecting with like-minded people is the Jeep Wave. So, what is the Jeep wave? It is the acknowledgment that you and a fellow road (or trail) rider have made the excellent decision to buy a car that may not be the fastest, but it sure is the funnest.

When you own a Jeep Wrangler it means you can travel anywhere, go for great adventure rides and wave to other Jeep riders. The famous Jeep wave is a very common courtesy among the riders which shows mutual respect for fellow jeep riders. This particular gesture signifies the realization of true capabilities of Jeeps.

The basic idea is jeep riders like to acknowledge that they drive a vehicle that is unique and unmatched by other rides. But have you ever wondered, where this gesture started from?

The jeep wave actually has a rich history

The World War II history behind the Jeep Wave  During the period of World War II Jeep was often used as a common medium of transport among army generals and soldiers. For any kind of vital army activities like delivering messages, delivering vital supplies, carry wounded soldiers and rescue operations, jeeps were used. Many theories state that this was the time when jeep wave started.

The jeep wave began as a way to greet your fellow brother in arms from the same regiment or acknowledge an officer with a salute. This gesture was also meant to spot disguised enemies. The other reason behind the jeep wave can be a symbol encouraging and respecting other soldiers from another jeep passing by in this dark period of our history.

Some people say that the jeep wave began post World War II when the soldiers were returning home. At the time of war, Jeep had been a main medium of transport and it was so popular among the soldiers that they wanted to own a Jeep for themselves. While returning home, Jeep riders used to wave at each other showing a gesture of brotherhood and that they both have served for the nation.  

The modern theory of the Jeep Wave  

In the modern times, people have come up with another reason of Jeep Wave. Some people claimed that the jeep wave only began when civilians started owning jeeps and taking them for an adventurous ride.

Owning and riding a jeep is not just a mere thing. Owning jeep shows a sense of unbridled freedom, ruggedness, taste and the general desire to own this superior unique vehicle. The modern theory of Jeep waves states that it's a way of sharing fun and excitement with your co-riders. It's a way of acknowledging the fellow rider as he/she too is tackling those challenging obstacles and trails while riding the vehicle.

The jeep wave acknowledges the shared understanding and appreciation the vehicle's capabilities and the enjoyment of ownership that it brings.   Whatever might be the actual reason behind the jeep wave, this traditional has become a key rule for riding a Jeep Wrangler. Till today whenever a Jeep rider sees another Jeep Wrangler passing by, he/she waves at the other rider passing by. So, the next time you drive a Jeep Wrangler don't forget to wave at your fellow Jeep Wrangler rider on the road.

In a day where humanity has become inundated with technology and social media, is there a greater from of connection than waving to a fellow Jeep driver?

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