We recently had a new Jeep owner come in to Axleboy with a complaint about the “Jeep-wave”.
“It doesn’t work” he said, “I wave at other Jeeps all the time and never get a wave back. Don’t people do the Jeep wave anymore?”
There is some speculation that the wave may have been around even longer than the Jeep brand itself. Whether that is a fact or not, we really don’t know…but we do know that the Jeep-wave is very much alive and well within the local Jeep communities.
Why do some Jeep owners neglect to return the wave?
Maybe it’s just an off day. Or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention when your drove by. Also, depending on what forums you read, there are certain rules that determine which Jeeper should initiate a wave and whether you can expect a wave in return.
One Jeep page we found, JeepTalk.org, has an actual list of qualities to determine a Jeep’s level of awesomeness and corresponding wave hierarchy- based on vehicle appearance (is it muddy?), age (older is better) and modifications. They indicate that some Jeeps may simply not qualify for a return wave based on low or negative scores.
Regardless of where your Jeep lands on the awesomeness scale, we remind all Jeep owners that when they purchased their Jeep, new or used, they implicitly agreed to carry on the tradition of the wave. As a general rule, we encourage you not to be that Jeeper that leaves other folks hanging with their hand in the air.