The Jeep wave is a friendly greeting exchanged between Jeep owners as they pass each other on the road. It is a way for Jeep enthusiasts to show their appreciation for and camaraderie with other members of the Jeep community. The origins of the Jeep wave are not entirely clear, but it is thought to have begun in the 1960s or 70s with the rise of off-road culture.
There is no one set way to perform the Jeep wave, but it is typically done by extending two or four fingers from the steering wheel and nodding. Some Jeep owners may wave with their whole hand, especially if they have their top down or doors off and want to raise their hand above the windshield or outside the vehicle. It is important to remember that the Jeep wave is a friendly gesture and should be performed with a smile.
In terms of Jeep wave etiquette, it is generally accepted that the inferior Jeep (in terms of age or modification) should wave first. However, the most important rule is simply to be courteous and respectful to your fellow Jeepers. If someone waves at you, it is polite to return the wave, even if you are unsure of the Jeep wave hierarchy.
While the Jeep wave is specific to the Jeep community, it is not the only vehicle-specific greeting. Motorcycle riders have their own wave, as do owners of luxury sports cars like Corvettes and Porsches. There are also unique gestures for other car brands, such as the flip-up headlamps of Mazda Miata owners or the waving hood ornament of Rolls-Royce drivers.