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The Jeep Wave Backstory and Origin

Why Do Jeep Drivers Wave? 

If you’ve ever ridden in a Jeep vehicle, particularly a Jeep Wrangler, you may have noticed other Jeep drivers waving in your direction. There are a variety of reasons why Jeep drivers wave at each other and there are a few theories on the origin of the Jeep Wave. Learn a little more about the Jeep Wave, Jeep Wave styles, and how the Jeep Wave started below.  


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What is the Jeep Wave? 

The Jeep Wave is something all Jeep owners can take part in. The practice originally started with drivers of the CJ, YJ, TJ, and JK models, but the Jeep Wave now extends to all Jeep drivers. This wave is a way to acknowledge a fellow Jeep driver and an act of solidarity. The general rule of thumb is if a fellow Jeep driver waves at you, you wave back, no matter what Jeep model they are driving or you are driving.  

Jeep Wave Styles 

Arm waving out car window

There are a few different Jeep Wave styles that have risen in popularity over the years and the style you choose is ultimately up to your own preference. Here are the standout styles of Jeep Waves: 

  • Two fingers extended up from the steering wheel in a peace sign 
  • One finger extended up from the steering wheel  
  • Extending all fingers off the steering wheel while keeping the base of your palm against the wheel 
  • Extending a hand out of the window 
  • Extending a “hang loose” hand symbol out the window 

How Did the Jeep Wave Start 

The roots of the Jeep Wave have a few different origin stories, two of which seem to stick the most. The first theory of the Jeep Wave was that the wave began during WWII as a way for U.S. soldiers to differentiate an ally from an enemy. Jeeps were often driven by soldiers during WWII and the wave was used to greet fellow soldiers when transporting supplies and carrying wounded soldiers.  

The second theory is similar to the first, but that it started after the war. Many civilian Jeep owners during this time were most often returning veterans and the wave was a way for citizens to acknowledge the service of veterans and for other veteran Jeep drivers to greet a fellow soldier.  


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