After I purchased and started driving Charlie Wrangler, I noticed other Wrangler drivers waving at me as we passed on the road. When I told the rest of the Pupster Family about it, they thought its was pretty cool too, and we all now wave at other Jeepers as we cruise around town.
I get the wave pretty consistently from other Wrangler drivers, but not so much as a nod from Patriot’s, Laredo’s, or Liberty’s. Curious about the Jeep Wave phenomenon, a little internet research has revealed that not only is it accepted practice to wave at other Wrangler drivers…it’s the JEEP LAW!
Jeepin’ Wave Rules
These rules are an attempt to make it easier to facilitate the mandatory wave when coming in contact with another vehicle of the Jeep nature. Though there are several variations of the waving rules, the following were designed as an easy to remember guideline for when to wave and who should wave first.
If you are a driver or passenger in a Jeep vehicle, and you come in contact with another occupied Jeep vehicle you should wave. If the vehicle is not occupied, the wave is optional.
Be the first to wave. Don’t wait, just wave.
Be forgiving. Sometimes the occupants of the Jeep receiving the wave are not paying attention, distracted, or are paying attention to driving. We all know how you can get lost in the euphoria of driving a Jeep and forget about the outside world.
Wave vigorously. When cruising at 55mph toward a vehicle going 55mph it is sometimes difficult to see the ‘over the steering wheel’ wave. Get that hand out and make it seen!
When you are the recipient of a wave, return the wave.
Sometimes Jeep owners forget they are not in their Jeep and wave by habit. When occupants of non-Jeep vehicles wave, returning the wave is optional, but usually a good idea.
Pupster’s Rule 7:
Be sure to use ALL your fingers.