The Jeep Wave

jim doing the jeep wave

We have seen this a million times over the internet so we figured we’d list it too, it’s a rather comprehensive guide. It seems to have been written by Michael Meadows at Marshall University. It’s hard to know if he is still even there?

We’ve taken the opportunity to add to and modify this a bit to make it a bit more up to date.

The Rules of the WAVE

Owning, registering, insuring, or driving a Jeep implies knowledge of and intent to abide by the following rules. Failure to obey the rules may result in your being ignored by other Jeep owners as you sit along the side of the road next to your stalled vehicle in a blizzard surrounded by Saturns, Yugos, and Hyundais.

Definition: The Jeep Wave

An honor bestowed upon those drivers with the superior intelligence, taste, class, and discomfort tolerance (exception to 97 and newer Jeep owners) to own the ultimate vehicle – the Jeep. Generally consists of either a raised hand waving or 4 fingers extended upward from the steering wheel, but may be modified to suit circumstances and locally accepted etiquette.

Examples of commonly accepted modifications:

  • Top off: One handed wave above windshield or outside body tub.
  • Top off during blizzard: Shiver and nod, hands may remain frozen to steering wheel.
  • Southern/rural locations: No wave, just a nod.

It’s not what you buy, it’s what you build and what you do with it.
General Rules:

  • All Jeepers are responsible for upholding the tradition of the Wave. It seems that generally the Jeep wave is only practiced by Jeep owners driving the following Jeep vehicles; CJ, YJ, TJ, JK.
  • All Jeepers are required to return the Wave even if it’s a Grand Cherokee or Compass.
  • Do not EVER wave to Hummers, even if you know the person.

Wave Ratio

Over a set period of time say 7 days, count the following. Number of Jeeps where a wave is possible, number of initiated by you waves, number of waves initiated by the other Jeeper, number of non-returned waves, number of dumb looks (person wondering if they know you) after the wave.

Glossary of Terms: These all assume that the wave was possible

  • Your Wave – initiated or not (YW)
  • Return Wave – initiated or not (RW)
  • Non Return – (NR)
  • Non Return with dumb look (NRDL)
  • Your Wave Initiated – (YWI)
  • Other Wave Initiated – (OWI)

Examples of the math:

  • (RW/YW) X 100 = General return percentage ie: (64/84)X100=76%
  • YW/Days = Average waves per day
  • (NRDL/NR) X 100 = Dumb look percentage

There are several other ratios and percentages that can be figured. Remember when in doubt JUST WAVE!