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Last week, we introduced some truck driver lingo for states and other types of trucks. This week, let’s take a look at some other interesting lingo that is commonly used. Like some fields of work, this one has a language all its own. Read on to check out the second part of our truck driver lingo series.
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These are some common terms you might hear while listening to a CB (Citizens band) radio.
18 Wheeler – a tractor-trailer rig with 18 wheels
40 Weight – truck stop coffee
Alligator – a piece of tire on the road.
Affirmative – yes, or 10-4
Back or come back – “I’m finished transmitting, talk back to me.”
Back door – behind you or to the rear
Back it down – used to tell another driver to get his foot off the accelerator and reduce speed
Bambi – a deer
Big ears – a very good receiver
Bingo cards – paper cards that hold trucking permits from various states
Black Eye – headlight out
Bobtail – a tractor driving without a trailer
Break – proper way to gain access to a busy CB channel
Brush your teeth and comb your hair – this tells another driver to be on his best driving behavior
Bull Hauler – a slatted trailer hauling livestock
Bumper Sticker – an automobile following you too closely
Bundled Out – loaded very full
Cash Register – toll booth
Cat walk – area behind the cab of the truck / in front of the trailer
Channel 9 – CB emergency channel.
Channel 19 – most commonly used trucker channel.
Chicken coop – weigh station
Citizen – someone who is not a trucker.
Come back – this is a call to anyone listening.
Comic book – Department of Transportation logbook
Convoy – a group of trucks traveling together.
Copy – I’m in receipt of your radio transmission.
Cow wagon – a cattle trailer
Crotch Rocket – a motorcycle
Destruction Zone – road construction
Double nickel – 55 miles per hour
Draggin’ wagon – a wrecker or tow truck
Driver Awards – Tickets
Ears – CB antenna or antennae.
Electric Indian – Blinking traffic arrow to notify you of lane merging or closure
Front porch – Side step of the truck
Feed the bears – to pay a ticket or a fine.
Flip-flop – a U-turn
Fleet – a number of trucks operated by a company or other organization.
Furniture Wreckers – moving companies
Band Aid Box – Ambulance
Bear – generic term for a law enforcement officer.
- Full Grown bear – state trooper.
- County Mounties – sheriff’s deputy.
- City kitty – city police
- Evel Knievel – motorcycle cop
- Diesel cop/DOT/The MAN – State or Federal Department of Transportation enforcement officer.
- Mama bear – female law enforcement officer.
- Bear in the bushes – hiding, usually with a radar gun
- Care Bear – law enforcement in a construction zone
- Cocaine Cowboy – DEA officers
- Bear in the air – highway patrol using an airplane or helicopter
Bear bite – a speeding ticket
Bear cave – police station or highway patrol headquarters
Thanks for coming back to read out driver lingo part 2 article. We hope you enjoyed learning some of the lingo truck drivers use out on the highway.
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Check out part two of our driver lingo series. http://t.co/red4XC81sg
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