What in the Duck Is Jeep Ducking?
The craze sweeping across the worldwide Jeep community all began with one person’s act of kindness.
Stuart A. Bourdon MotorTrend, Apr 4, 2023
The act of placing a rubber duck on someone’s Jeep—called Jeep “ducking” and/or “Duck Duck Jeep”—began with one person, named Allison Parliament, from a small town in the Canadian province of Ontario. She unknowingly started a movement of kindness, fellowship, and recognition with that first rubber duck she placed on a Jeep.
Allison’s reason for perching a little yellow duck on a Jeep Wrangler just like hers that she saw in a parking lot was simply to bring herself a small sense of joy after a frightening verbal and physical encounter with someone earlier in the day. Two years later, that single gesture has morphed into the Jeep ducking craze that has swept throughout the Jeep enthusiast community in the United States as well as in nearly a dozen other countries around the world.
What are the rules of Duck Duck Jeep or Jeep ducking? Who can duck a Jeep? Is it only for Jeeps? Read on to learn how to be part of the Jeep ducking phenomenon.
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to the “Official Ducking Jeep Est 2020” for the photos in this story)
What Is Jeep Ducking and Why Do Jeeps Get Ducked?
According to Allison Parliament, who is credited with starting the Jeep ducking phenomenon, “Jeeps get ducked for many reasons and with lots of motivations and meanings. For me, it was an act of kindness, a healing of sorts, as well as recognition of and greeting to a fellow Jeep owner. But it can just be that you like their Jeep, or it’s the same Jeep you have, or maybe a classic Jeep you would like to own one day. You don’t really need a reason for Jeep ducking other than to connect, bring a smile to someone’s face, and have fun.”
Is Duck Duck Jeep Just for Jeep Wranglers?
Jeep ducking began as a Jeep Wrangler thing, but you can duck any Jeep. Jeep ducking is all about appreciating another Jeep enthusiast’s rig. The random act of kindness is something that is appropriate for any Jeep model, old or new, rusty or shiny, bone-stock or built-to-the-hilt rockcrawler. Duck Duck Jeep is a game for any and all models of Jeep. Even a child’s Jeep wagon can be ducked.
Are Yellow Rubber Ducks Best for Ducking Jeeps?
The prototypical small, yellow rubber duck (many have subsequently been decorated with the slotted grille motif) is a primary choice for Jeep enthusiasts engaged in the act of Jeep ducking. These rubber ducks are widely available (good if you want to remain anonymous) and relatively inexpensive. They’re also a popular choice for their bright yellow color, making them stand out against just about any Jeep’s paint color, and they’re also easy to write on if you want to leave a message.
Fancy Rubber Ducks, Tags, and Where To Get Them?
The standard yellow rubber duck is abundantly available through any number of sources such as Amazon.com. For those who want to put a little more pizazz in their Jeep ducking adventures, there are also many different upscale and stylish ducks available. The beautiful, rhinestone-studded duck pictured also has a custom-printed tag attached to it. A fancy duck and a tag can create a bespoke duck for your Jeep-ducking activities.
Ready for Ducking Jeeps With Rubber Ducks?
Most duckers may have a few ducks and a marker stashed in their Jeep’s glove box, but Allison Parliament is ready to duck dozens of Jeeps at any given moment. This pile of rubber ducks in all shapes, sizes, designs, and colors is a typical load for Allison during her travels to promote the Jeep lifestyle.
What Is a Jeep Duck Pond?
Some Jeep owners have been ducked so many times that they have a large collection of rubber ducks in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes lined up along the top of their Jeep’s dashboard. This collection is known as the “duck pond” in their Jeep. We’ve seen rubber duck collections that fill the dashboard from window to window, and then some.
Allison Parliament, BFGoodrich Ambassador for Jeep Ducking
Allison Parliament is one of the BFGoodrich Ambassador program team members and travels to dozens of major Jeep events across the country to help spread the spirit of Duck Duck Jeep and Jeep ducking among Jeep enthusiasts. Allison and her ducked out silver Jeep Wrangler JKU can be found in the BFGoodrich OnTrail display area at popular Jeep events such as Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Special BFGoodrich Jeep ducks can also be found in the OnTrail display.