If you’re a new Jeep owner, you might be wondering how you just got so popular. No doubt you would have noticed that other Jeep drivers will wave as they drive by. It’s because driving a Jeep is like being part of a community.
But this group mentality does not stop at a friendly wave. Now there is another trend that binds society even more strongly – it is called Jeep duck.
When you first hear the term “Jeep ducking,” you might think it has something to do with ducking out of the way of an oncoming Jeep. However, the activity (also known as “Duck, Duck, Jeep“) is much nicer than that (to say the least) and rooted in kindness.
We will explain what Jeep Ducking actually is and how it started. The story is sure to put a smile on your face and maybe even make you want to go out and buy a Jeep of your own!
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What is Jeep Ducking?
It all has to do with a small rubber bath toy being shared between jeep drivers. An unlikely combination we know – but that’s all part of the charm.
Basically, jeep drivers leave these ducks on each other’s vehicles, accompanied by sweet notes of encouragement. Talk about stepping on the sanity medal – this rubber duck Jeep trend has taken over the trails and our own hearts!
How did Jeep Ducking start?
“Duck, Duck, Jeep” first started in Ontario in 2020 during COVID. All it took was for one Jeep owner, named Allison Parliament, to decide she wanted to make another Jeep Owner’s Day. So she placed a yellow rubber duck, with a note, on the parked Jeep she saw. The intention was to bring a smile to another Jeep owner and spread some cheer that people desperately needed during the pandemic.
Since the recipient actually thought it was funny, Parliament and her friends decided to go ahead with the idea. They started “ducking” other Jeeps and also spread the word via Facebook and Instagram. The trend took off like wildfire and now there are over 68,000 members in her Jeep Ducking Facebook group. The trend has now spread across Canada, all 50 states and even countries like Spain and Australia. It just goes to show how easy it is to get on board with a simple act of kindness!
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What is the purpose of ducking a jeep?
The purpose of ducking jeeps continues to be a way to spread kindness. You never know what someone might be going through, and a little yellow duck just has a way of putting a smile on your face. Also, people have had fun shopping for Jeep ducks to give away. There is such a wide variety of ducks that represent different careers or personality types – some have even tried to match their duck gift with the Jeep’s personality.
Also, some drivers have started naming their Jeeps to leave their specific calling card on the tags that come with the duck. For example, one woman named her Jeep “Hedwig” and has a snowy owl decal placed next to the Jeep’s name. On her note, she includes her Jeep name. With such a tight-knit community, there’s a good chance they’ll see each other again.
As the trend has grown, so has its impact. Now, Jeep groups band together to participate in parades and charities to bring joy to those outside their immediate community.
“Duck, duck, jeep” rules
There are no hard and fast rules for “Duck, Duck, Jeep.” The starting point, however, is that a jeep driver puts a rubber duck on another jeep with an explanatory note. When the recipient finds it, he or she must take a picture of it and post the picture on social media with the hashtags #duckduckjeep or #duckingjeep. Then the duck is passed on to another jeep to keep it running. Or, if you want to keep your gifted duck, you can buy a new one to give to someone else.
If you want to participate in this activity, you just need to get some ducks to carry with you. People have gotten creative with a variety of styles of ducks, duck keychains, pool floats and more.
Of course, you are not obliged to play along. You can just go home in your jeep and take a bath. But once you realize how that small act of kindness made you feel, you may be tempted to pass it on at least once. That’s how this trend has grown to be so big!
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What should the annotation say?
The note accompanying the duck should include a short note such as “Please Jeep” or “Have a nice trip” along with the statement “You’ve been ducked!” Include instructions for taking a photo and posting it to social media along with hashtags to use. Some like to leave a recognizable feature of their own Jeep, such as a name, color, emblem or body wrap.
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And you can add any positive message you want to spread some love to your note, maybe including a cute encouragement or a funny joke!
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What is a duck pond?
Some Jeep owners have actually acquired more than one duck and they will put their collection in the dashboard of the Jeep to display their talented ducks for all to see – this is called a duck pond.
What types of Jeeps get ducked?
Although this trend really started with Jeep Wranglers, any Jeep-branded vehicle could disappear. So if you drive a Cherokee or Patriot, don’t be shy. You can definitely get in on the fun and do some ducking on your own.
Some Jeeps just seem to be a magnet for ducks because they’ve been gifted dozens, while others have yet to see their first duck.
Why are Jeep owners such a tight-knit group?
It’s a Jeep thing! There is a sense of camaraderie when you own a Jeep – it means that the owners know or understand why a Jeep is so loved. There are events and clubs where other jeep drivers meet and share stories. The true community is with Jeepers who are out riding trails or climbing up cliffs or dunes. This community then spreads to everyone who owns a Jeep just because it’s a cool vehicle.
Fun, creative Jeep Duck options for the “Duck, Duck, Jeep” trend.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving away a classic rubber duck when you’re out ducking other Jeeps, but why not arm yourself with some fun options that will make the switch so much more fun?
30-Piece Rubber Duck Collection, $16.99 at Amazon
There are pirate ducks, nurse ducks, ducks with hats and bunny ears and so much more in this collection – giving you plenty of inspiration as you drive around town and see other Jeeps. 30-Piece Rubber Duck Collection, $16.99 at Amazon
Christmas Themed Ducks $21.99 at Amazon
‘Tis the season, right?! The rubber duck Jeep trend is a way to spread holiday (and regular) cheer. Christmas Themed Ducks $21.99 at Amazon
Rubber Ducks with Hats, $12.99 on Amazon
The goal is to make others smile, and this ankle look definitely does the trick! Rubber Ducks with Hats, $12.99 on Amazon
12 Hipster Ducks, $15.99 at Amazon
Leave behind a duck with serious personality thanks to this set of hipster ducks. 12 Hipster Ducks, $15.99 at Amazon
Set of 6 Crazy Hair Ducks, $19.99 at Amazon
Not only will you make the “Duck, Duck, Jeep” gift smile, you’ll definitely make them LOL too. Set of 6 Crazy Hair Ducks, $19.99 at Amazon
16 Summer-Loving Ducks, $16.99 at Amazon
We can see your note now: “Warmer days will be here again.” 16 Summer-Loving Ducks, $16.99 at Amazon
60-Piece Duck Assortment, $29.99 at Amazon
If you find yourself in a community with lots of Jeep drivers, this collection of 60 unique rubber ducks will come in handy! 60-Piece Duck Assortment, $29.99 at Amazon
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