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Talk Like a Trucker: A Guide to Trucker Lingo

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Trucking is a unique industry. If you spend time around truck drivers, you’ll notice that they seem to have their own language — a unique dialect of words and phrases that only they understand. If you are unfamiliar with trucker lingo or want to brush up on your knowledge of the basics, this guide will help get you started.

General Truck Driver Slang

Join the conversation by learning some of the most common truck driver phrases and words that you’ll hear from others on the road:

  1. All locked up: A closed weigh station
  2. Alligator: A piece of tread on the road, usually a blown tire
  3. Bear: Law enforcement officer
  4. Buster brown: UPS truck
  5. Cheese wagon: School bus
  6. Chicken coop: Weigh station
  7. Driving award: Speeding ticket
  8. Evel Knievel: Law enforcement on a motorcycle
  9. Go-go juice: Diesel fuel
  10. Greasy: Icy or slippery
  11. Hundred-mile coffee: Very strong coffee
  12. Nap trap: Motel room
  13. Pay the water bill: Using the bathroom
  14. Salt shaker: Truck that salts highways
  15. Throwin’ iron: Putting on snow tire chains
  16. Travel agent: Dispatcher
  17. Triple digits: Over 100 mph
  18. Threes and eights: Best wishes
  19. Wally world: Walmart or a Walmart truck
  20. Yardstick: Mile marker

CB 10 Lingo

Truckers use CB radio systems to communicate with one another. CB radio has its own unique set of codes, slang, and acronyms — all of which can be pretty confusing to a newcomer. Knowing common radio codes will help you decode this truck driver lingo so you can understand what your buddies are saying behind the wheel:

  • 10-1: Receiving poorly
  • 10-2: Receiving well
  • 10-3: Stop transmitting
  • 10-4: Roger or Yes
  • 10-5: Relay message
  • 10-6: I’m busy
  • 10-7: Out of service
  • 10-8: In service
    10-9: Repeat the message
  • 10-10: Transmission Complete

Trucker Names for Cities

Truck driver slang isn’t just for the things you encounter on the road — many major cities have earned their own unique nicknames on the CB radio. Some city names include:

  1. Steel City or Steel Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. Beantown: Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Shaky Town: Los Angeles, California
  4. Beer City or Brew City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  5. Windy City: Chicago, Illinois
  6. The Gateway: St. Louis, Missouri
  7. Music City: Nashville, Tennessee
  8. The Swamp: Montreal, Quebec
  9. Choo-Choo: Chattanooga, Tennessee
  10. The Dome: Houston, Texas

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