There are some interesting traditions for those in the Jeep community. While many are familiar with the “Jeep Wave,” there’s a new Jeep tradition taking the world by storm. If you’ve not heard of Jeep Ducking, it’s a quirky and fun game quickly gaining popularity.
Today, we’ll help you learn everything you need to understand the game of Duck, Duck, Jeep. You may even find yourself wanting to participate! Let’s dive in!
What Is Jeep Ducking?
The Jeep Wrangler community has a trend known as Jeep Ducking. When Jeep Wrangler participants spot another Jeep Wrangler in public, they’ll place small rubber ducks on the driver-side door handle.
They’ll often include a note with a bit of inspiration or encouragement. The goal is to spread kindness, smiles, and positive vibes, all of which are things that the world desperately needs.
How Did Jeep Ducking Get Started?
While the purpose of Jeep Ducking is to spread positivity, the start of Jeep Ducking was largely due to a situation that Allison Parliament, the movement’s founder, would describe as anything but positive. Allison was assaulted by a stranger while visiting a friend in Canada during the craziness of 2020.
At the time, Allison had not only tested negative for any illnesses but was also considered an essential worker by the United States and Canada. At the time, Allison was exempt from any Canadian quarantine protocols in effect for travelers crossing the border.
She stopped at a rest stop in Woodstock, Ontario, on her way to Washago, Ontario. During this stop, a very angry Canadian forcefully shoved her against her Jeep while telling her that she wasn’t welcome. It was naturally a very traumatic experience for Allison that deeply affected her.
During her time in Canada, Allison visited her family in Bancroft, Ontario. She went out to do some shopping and noticed a store selling a bag of rubber ducks.
Allison said, “I bought a bag with the original intention to leave them around the house for the friend with little notes to make him laugh.” However, a nearby Jeep caught her eye as Allison walked out of the store.
Without much thought, she grabbed a marker, wrote “Nice Jeep – Have a Great Day!” and left it on the Jeep. When the Jeep’s owner returned, he saw the duck and got quite a laugh.
It was this encounter that launched the Jeep Ducking movement. She set up an Instagram that gained 2,000 followers in a single day.
Allison and her friend went on to create a Facebook group with almost 90,000 likes, and you can find almost 200,000 pictures tagged with #DuckDuckJeep on Instagram. It’s amazing how something as simple as a rubber duck can bring a smile to so many people’s faces.
How to Start Jeep Ducking
If you want to jump on the trend and start spreading good vibes and positivity, it’s not hard. Let’s look at how you can start making some memories playing Duck, Duck, Jeep.
There Is Only One Duck, Duck, Jeep Rule
The rules of Duck, Duck, Jeep are very simple and straightforward. All you have to do is spread happiness among the Jeep community. It’s that easy!
We caution you that spreading joy and happiness can be addicting and contagious. However, there are much worse things you could become addicted to or spread.
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Gather Rubber Ducks
There’s practically an infinite amount of possibilities. Choose whichever ducks you think will do the best job spreading good vibes.
Write on Them
Once you’ve amassed your rubber ducks, you can start writing on them. The most important hashtags are #duckingjeeps and #duckduckjeep. However, participants often include personalized hashtags, websites, social media information or attach notes to the duck’s neck.
What you write can be a great way to promote your business or a local Jeep community.
You’re now ready to go out and start ducking. As we said earlier, it can be addicting.
You’ll likely want to keep a constant supply of rubber ducks in your vehicle. You never know when you might see another Jeep Wrangler parked somewhere. With over 325,000 Jeep Wranglers produced from 2018 through 2022, they’re practically everywhere!
Join the Duck Duck Jeep Community
If you’re going to be Jeep Ducking, you should join the Facebook community. This is a great way to stay connected and get inspiration for how you can find unique ways to spread joy and happiness to others.
They’re a very active group that maintains a very positive vibe. If you’re looking for a bit of positivity in your life, the group will do the trick!
What Kind of Jeeps Can Participate?
While the game is mostly within the Jeep Wrangler community, there’s no hard and fast rule regarding which types of Jeeps can participate. The community is very inclusive, and you typically won’t see anyone upset if a Jeep Liberty or Patriot owner plays along.
Again, they’re a very positive community that wants to spread good vibes and happiness. Creating restrictions on who can participate would be off-brand for the community.
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Can Non-Jeeps Participate?
There are no rules regarding who can participate in Duck, Duck, Jeep. Just because you don’t own a Jeep doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun.
Jeeps are beautiful vehicles that many car enthusiasts enjoy checking out, whether they own one or not. So don’t let your ownership status stop you from spreading good vibes to those around you!
Jeep Ducking a non-Jeep may seem confusing to a vehicle’s owner, but they’ll still likely get a good kick out of the random act of kindness. You can spread good cheer to anybody, regardless of the type of car they’re driving.
Spread Happiness with Duck, Duck, Jeep
Many of us feel like we live in a dark and hostile world. However, the simple and random act of Jeep Ducking can be a fun way to spread positivity and remind people to smile. We’d love to see more people jumping on the trend of spreading happiness and positivity, whether they use a rubber duck or not. These types of people make the world a better place! Will you be one of them?
Have you played Duck, Duck, Jeep? Share your experience in the comments below!
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