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Trucker Lingo

A big rig with a long nose

A tire recap or tire part from a blown tire on the road. Basically anything on the road that could jump up and bite you when run over it

Alligator Bait:
Bits and pieces of a blown tire

Alligator Radio Station:
A radio that can transmit well, but receives poorly

Any Number:
Usually the mile marker on the highway where a bear was seen

Back Door:
Behind you or to the rear, look in your mirror, a bear is coming up behind you

Back Out:
Finished talking, will now unkey

Back Quiet:
I have finished my transmission and you may proceed when ready

Back Row:
The area at some truck stops where hookers hang out

Bambi: A deer, whether dead or alive.

A highway, county or state police officer, generic term for a law enforcement officer

Bear In The Air:
A police airplane that monitors highway speeds below

Moving companies

Better half:
Your spouse, ie. your wife or girlfriend

Big Radio:
Means the radio is operating an illegal linear amplifier to boost the power

Big Road:
A major highway

Big/Tall Rubber:
24-inch tires.

Big Truck:
Usually an 18 wheeler when compared to small cars, but when compared to other trucks we are talking about a fast truck with a big engine

Bingo Cards:
Paper cards that hold trucking permits from various states

Bird Dog:
A radar detector

A Martin Truck company's truck. Named because of bird painted on the side of the trailers.

Running without a trailer

Top gear. "I've got 'er up into boogie now."

Boss Man:
Your supervisor at work

Brake Check:
A sudden slowdown in traffic, where you have to hit the brakes

The proper way to gain access to a busy channel

A not-so-formal version of good neighbor

Bull city:
Durham, NC

A mack truck

Bull Hauler:
A driver and or a truck and trailer for hauling live stock, usually cattle

Bumper Sticker:
An automobile following you too closely

Bundled Out:
Loaded very full

A long steep incline in eastern Oregon. "I smoked the brakes comin' off of Cabbage."

Capital City:
Raleigh, NC

Cash Box/Cash Register:
Toll booth on highway or bridge

Commercial Drivers License

Channel 9:
"Emergency Channel"

Channel 19:
The unofficially official "truckers" channel

Chicken Coop:
Weigh Station, State run scales for measuring and inspecting trucks

Chicken Lights:
Extra lights on the truck and trailer

City Kitty:
A city Police officer or patrol car

A tractor made by Navistar International which used to be named International Harvester

The center of a divided highway called the median

Come on, back:
Go ahead and transmit

Comic Book:
The drivers log book required for over the highway drivers. The record is frequently considered a joke or not true

Coming At You:
A situation where you have a bear coming towards you

What you call a "regular" 18 wheeler

Corn Flake:
A Consolidated Freightways truck

A male bonding term for a friend of yours

County Mountie:
A County Sheriff or Deputy

Covered Wagon:
A flat bed trailer with side kits, bows and tarp looking like a covered wagon.

Crotch Rocket:
A motorcycle

Dead Head:
To haul an empty truck. or Driving empty means you usually are not getting paid for the trip, you have to drive somewhere to get a load

Road construction

Detector Detector:
An electronic device used by Revenue Patrols to locate radar detectors

Diesel Car:
A "real" truck

Diesel Cop:
D.O.T. man, D.M.V. enforcement

Dispatcher Brains:
Indicates the truck is empty. Or full of dispatcher brains

Short for the Department Of Transportation, or a bear that works commercial vehicles

Do What?:
I did not copy/understand your last transmission, could you please repeat it ?

Double Nickel:
Means 55, speed limit

Down Stroke:
A hill going down

Dragon Fly:
A truck with no power, i.e. drag up hill, fly down hill

Dragon Wagon:
Tow Truck

Refers to the person you were talking to

Dry Box:
A freight trailer

Eighty Fifth Street:
Refers to I85

Eighteen Wheeler:
Any vehicle with 18 wheels on the ground Usually big trucks

Evil Kenivel:
A motorcycle cop

Fire In The Wire:
This means an amplified AM transmission

Flip Flop:
The return trip or A U-turn

Foot Warmer:
Refers to a linear

Forty Two:
I understand and I agree with you

Four Wheeler:
Specifically a passenger car but basically anyone who is not a trucker

am/fm radio

A Freightliner truck

Front door:
In front of you or to the front

Full Grown/Blown Bear:
A bear that is working traffic and looking for a customer

Fuzz Buster:
What the police call a Radar Detector

Garbage Hauler:
A driver of a refrigerated tractor trailer hauling produce

Git on:
Ramp The on ramp to a highway

A speeding truck driver, one known to accelerate/decelerate quickly

General Mess of Crap:
GMC trucks by Volvo/White

Georgia Overdrive:
Neutral gear

Gold City:
Goldsboro, NC

Good Buddy:
A homosexual

Good Neighbor:
Same as driver the person you are talking with

Go To The Harley:
Put your CB on channel 1

Go To Double Harley:
Put your CB on channel 11

Got Your Ears On?:
Used when looking for someone on the CB. "Hey rubber duck, you got your ears on?"

Gouge On It:
Go fast, step on it

Grain Hauler:
A driver or truck and trailer built for hauling grain

Granny Lane:
The right, slow lane on an interstate highway or freeway

Greasy Side Up:
When a car or truck has flipped over

Green Stamps:
Money, usually tolls

Ground Pressure:
Weight. "The coop is just checking ground presssure; no sweat."

Gumball Machine:
Lights on top of a police cruiser. "He's got his gumball machine going."

Hammer Lane:
The fast, passing lane on an interstate highway or freeway

Hammer Down:
Go fast, step on it

Your name on the CB radio

Happy Happy:
Means happy new year

Have Shutter Trouble:
To fall asleep. "He ran off the road. Must of had shutter trouble."

Hit The Jackpot:
When police lights are flashing. "Looks like someone hit the jackpot."

Home Twenty:
Dwelling. In particular, the person talking's house, appartment, condo, etc.

Ho Chi Minh Trail:
California Highway 152, which has heavy traffic and is a "minefield" of accidents

Any conventional tractor, as opposed to a cab-over.

$100 Lane:
The left lane of a highway or freeway that has more than two lanes in each direction

In The Big Hole:
In top gear

A Kenworth truck

Key Down:
When you try to talk over someone that is transmitting

Kojak with a Kodak:
A police officer with a radar gun. "There's a Kojak with a Kodak behind the overpass."

Telephone/ telephone call

Large Car:
A big, fancy truck

Left Coast:
The West Coast

A linear amplifier

Local/Local Information:
Call for local information " break for some local information "

Log Book:
A diary for truckers/one of the things they check at the chicken coops

Lot Lizards:
A truck-stop hooker

Classification of general cargo carriers that specialize in Less Than Truck loads of cargo

Mardi Gras:
Welfare cheque day

A McDonalds with truck parking and clean restrooms

Meat Wagon:

Merry Merry:
Means Merry Christmas

A rush load. "I'm on a mission today."

A type of amplifier used for AM transmissions

Refers to a driver's wife or better half

Motion Lotion:

Moving On:
Means you have quit jabbin' and are now driving

Mud Duck:
A really weak/poor radio signal

Ninety Fifth Street:

Do you understand what I am saying?

No Doubt:
Truck that is used to transport several cars "piggy back"

Meaning there is one (bear) ahead

Parking Lot:
A truck carrying automobiles. Also, a traffic back-up

Pickemup Truck:
A pick up truck

Pickle Park:
A rest area or roadside park, often a hangout for hookers

Pig Hauler:
A driver and or truck and trailer built for hauling livestock, specifically pigs

Plain White Wrapper:
An unmarked police car

Power Up:
Go fast, step on it

Thank you very much

Schneider company trucks. So named because of their bright orange color


Radio Check:
A call to see if your radio is working

Term identifying a person that is known by the speaker

Nation wide group of volunteers who monitor channel 9 for emergency traffic

Readin' The Mail:
Just listening to the CB

A refrigerated cargo trailer

What truckers end almost every sentence with or commanly used."ROGER"

Road Pizza:
A badly mangled road kill

Means "yes" or "OK"

Any small car. Originally referred to a Volkswagen

Rolling on:
Same as steppin' on and moving on

Salt Shaker:
A snow plow

Sand Bagging:
to listen in on a channel without talking

Sand Box:
A gravel trailer

Schneider eggs:
Orange drums used by road work crews to block off a lane. They're the same color as Schneider company trucks

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle

Sesame Street:
CB channel 19. Named so because of child-like behavior that sometimes occurs

Seat Cover:
Someone who is sitting in the seat, Usually a pretty woman

Shakey Side:
The West Coast of the US

She Bear:
A female cop

Shoot You in the Back/Tail Pipe/Gastank:
Police operating radar as you drive past them

Short Short:
A short amount of time

Side Piece:
Also refers to a linear amplifier

Six Wheeler:
Any vehicle with 6 wheels on the ground

Skate Board:
A flatbed trailer

CB tend to be reflected from the atmosphere


Slow Wheels In Fast Traffic:
Another name for SWIFT company's trucks

Small Rubber:
22-inch tires

Comb your hair you are about to get your picture taken by a radar or laser gun

Smokey or Smokey the Bear:
A Highway Patrol or Revenue Patrol officer

Smokin' Scooter:
A motorcycle cop

Speed Limit:
What a four wheeler is constantly unaware of in traffic

A tour bus

Stand On It:
Accelerate with a quickness

Stepping On:
Means same as moving on, or rolling on

Means " it's always a pleasure talking with you ma'am "

Sure Wish I'd'a Faster Truck:
The SWIFT company's trucks

Swamp Donkey:
A moose

Carrying a load of carcass beef

Taking Pictures:
The process of using radar or a laser to shoot you and measure your speed

Means "OK"/ "YES"


Ten-Thirty Three:

Ten-Thirty Six:
Call for correct time

Thermos Bottle:
A tanker trailer

A Federal classification of general commodity carrier that carries a full Truck Load of cargo

Too Many Eggs in the Basket:

Lumber. "I got a load of toothpicks."

Travel Agent:

Triple Digit Ride:
A truck that can exceed 100 miles per hour

Turkey Day:

Turn Signal:
A light on the back of a vehicle which indicates future direction of movement

Up Stroke:
A hill going up

A tractor made by Volvo-White

Walked On Ya:
Someone keyed up with you and your transmission was unintelligible

Waiting For You:
A bear parked and waiting for traffic to drive by

Truckers favorite shopping center--Wal Mart. Lots of truck parking

West Coast Turnarounds:
Benzedrine pills, speed. So called because a driver could theoretically take some and drive from the East Coast to the West Coast, turn around, and drive back east without stopping to sleep

Similar to right?

Weighing Your Wagon:
The chicken coops are open and checking your weight

Wiggle Wagons:
Double or triple trailers

The city of Chicago

Name for the parking lot of a driver's company

A mile marker alongside a highway

When a woman is THAT good looking, you will hear this phrase

A specific direction indicated by the speaker

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