I was recently out and about around Ocean County with a friend of mine who drives a Jeep.

As I sat in the passenger's seat I noticed something strange as we made our way around the Shore - random people were waving at us.

Now, if there's one thing that I make a concerted effort with, it's making a point to be modest.

I never, ever assume that anybody knows who I am just because I work at a radio station, so even considering that thought made me kind of uncomfortable.

And besides, I'm on the radio, why would anyone recognize my face, anyway?

So I was baffled. I finally asked my friend why strangers kept waving at us.

That's when I was let in on a previously unknown to me secretive gesture.

It's called The Jeep Wave.

If you're someone who drives a Jeep or is close with someone who does, you're probably reading this thinking, "well, duh" (that, or you're calling the leaders of the secret Jeep society to tell them that someone spilled the beans to a non-Jeep driver).

I've seen this with motorcycle drivers before, especially Harley-Davidson riders, but never with motorists in a specific type of passenger car.

I guess it struck me as odd because Jeeps aren't particularly rare on the streets these days.

Like, I get when a Harley rider acknowledges like-minded bikers. You don't see Harleys that much these days, so I understand the feeling of brotherhood among fellow riders.

But waving to every other Jeep on the road must be exhausting.

If I'm being honest, learning about this exclusive club left me feeling kind of left out, so I think I'm going to start my own club with a gesture.

I'm going to call it The Buick Bow.

Every time I see another Buick driver, I'm going to give them a friendly nod.

If I do that enough, I suspect that by this time next week I'll either have a bunch of new friends or I'll be under psychological evaluation.

 

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