Must Know Trucker Slang

Okay, admit it, ever since shows Smokey and the Bandit you have wanted to be able to throw around some of that cool trucker lingo like a pro in your trucking company. The trucker slang we are talking about here is commonly used over a CB or citizens band radio. If you are a working truck driver then you might actually want to study some of the CB lingo or CB slang so you are ready to respond to the radio chatter. Here we will be taking a deeper look at some of the classic must know trucker slang that you might hear come across that old CB radio as an easy reference to list out common phrases or “lingo” used throughout the trucking industry.

Common Trucker Lingo

Front doorIn front of you
10-4Okay / Message received
Alligator or GatorA piece of tire on the road
Back it DownSlow down
BearPolice Officer
DOTDepartment of Transportation
Bear in the AirAircraft enforcement of the speed limit is in the area
DeadheadPulling an empty trailer
Hammer downPut the pedal to the metal
Parking LotA truck hauling cars
WagonA truck hauling cars
Chicken coupWeigh station
Go-go juiceDiesel fuel
ReeferA refrigerated van trailer
SkateboardFlatbed trailer
Travel agentDispatcher
Hundred-mile coffeestrong coffee
Comic bookLogbook
RamboSomeone who talks tough on the radio, especially when no one else knows where they are
WreckerTow truck
Georgia overdrivePutting the transmission into neutral on a downgrade, to go extremely fast.
Yard-stickmile marker
Motion lotionDiesel fuel
Salt shakera truck that salts highways
Back DoorWatch out behind you / Police behind you
Cash registerA tollbooth
KodakPolice officer or law enforcement officer with a radar gun or radar detector. From the show Kojak.
Chicken LightsOrange running lights around truck and trailer
Roller skateAny Small Car
Four Wheeler Car
Pickle parkA rest area or truck stop
Wiggle wagonA truck with multiple trailers connected to each other
AnteaterKenworth T-600 model truck
Base StationCB Radio installed at a fixed location such as a house
BobtailTractor driving without a trailer
County MountieSheriff
Gumball machineThe lights on top of a patrol car
Flip-flopRefers to a U-turn, or a return trip

CB Radio “10-Codes”

10-1Bad Signal / I can’t hear you well
10-2Good Signal / I can hear you well
10-3Stop talking on the radio (aka shut up)
10-4Okay / Message received
10-6Busy/Hold on
10-9Repeat message
10-10Transmission completed (I’m done talking)
10-13Weather/road conditions
10-17Urgent business
10-20Where are you?
10-27I’m switching to channel [insert channel]
10-33Emergency traffic at this station
10-38Ambulance needed at [your location]
10-45All units within range please report
10-62Use phone instead of CB
10-99Mission complete
10-100Bathroom stop
10-200Police needed at [your location]

Names For Cities

Kansas City, Missouri Bright Lights
Wichita, KansasAir Capital
Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Big A
San Antonio, TexasThe Alamo
New York City The Apple
Boston, Mass.Bean Town
Council Bluffs, IowaCB Town
Baltimore, MarylandCharm City
Los Angeles, CaliforniaShaky City
Milwaukee, WisconsinBeer City
New Orleans, LouisianaMardi Gras
Detroit, MichiganMotor City
Buffalo, New YorkThe Nickel
Akron, OhioThe Rubber
Oklahoma City, OklahomaOkie City
Tampa, FloridaCigar City

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