10-4 Good buddy! You driving a bull hauler tonight?
CB radio was a big thing back in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s! People sat in their homes talking to one another, developing their own special language that only they understood ... along with truckers!
Long-haul trucking is a lonely job, that's for sure. CB radios helped with that loneliness. They gave truckers a way to stay in communication with each other, to help eat up the miles as truck rode the length and breadth of America.
CB radios were so popular that a first lady even had a handle. That's right, Betty Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford had a CB handle. And what was it? First mama! How apt.
Do you know how CB radios became popular? Well, it was the '70s gas crises that fueled them. With a national speed limit of 55 mph. Truckers used CB radios to communicate, point out police speed points and inform each other cheap fuel stops.
And of course, they had their own way of speaking, a trucker slang was invented.
And in this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of trucker slang to its fullest.
10-4 Good buddy, and good luck!
'Copy' is used in a number of ways. For example, "Do you copy?" means "Do you understand?" "That's a copy" would be a positive affirmation that you understood what the other driver has said.
A "comic book" would refer to the truckers log book. Back before GPS systems, truckers would record their journeys in a log book.
A "crotch rocket" often referred to road bikes of Japanese origin. There were speedy super-styled bikes, not a cruiser for example.
Yes, truckers even had slang for speed limits. The "double nickel" makes perfect sense for a speed limit of 55
If you received a "driving award," you were simply caught speeding.
Well we know Evil Knievel loved motorcycles, so this bit of trucker slang does make sense.
Trucking is tiring business, especially on a long haul. Any trucker that was ready to bed down for the night would let his CB buddies know using this slang term.
Each trucker has a specific name to identify themselves. This was called their "handle."
"Shutters" are eyes in trucker slang. A trucker having shutter problems was having difficulty staying awake while driving.
A term used by others, the police for example, a meat wagon is an ambulance.
Along with "hammer down," this trucker slang term indicated that they trucker in question was about to go faster.
Simply really. "Negatory" is classic trucker slang for no
"Paying the water bill" would see a trucker finding a stop so they could go to the toilet
Easy to see, right! Just a special word truckers use to show their appreciation
Truckers would often check to see if their CB radios were working properly before they hit the road. This is how they did it.
A roller skate is a small car, Truckers certainly have some great slang words. This is one of them that perfectly describes the object it refers to.
Also called "sandbagging," sometimes trucker would just listen to the radio chatter as they drove.
Truckers really have a word for just about anything!
Prostitutes were to be found at truck stops all over, and truckers often used their services.
Yes, in trucker slang, a tour bus was called a stagecoach.
Truckers are always wary of police, especially when it comes to the enforcement of speed limits!
Driving faster brings down travel times. Triple digits was certainly breaking the law, however.
A trip to "Wally World" meant a trucker was visiting Walmart.
If a trucker reported a "10-1," then his CB radio was not receiving messages properly due to transmission problems. It would probably improve as he drove and picked up the radio signals better.
Accidents are covered by the CB code, "10-42."
Makes sense, doesn't it? A black eye refers to a headlight that's not working.
Truckers would call out police at all times to inform their fellow truckers, even those in the air.
When trucker was on the "Big Road" he had hit the Interstate or any other main highway
Yes, a big truck is exactly that. This phrase normally refers to 18-wheelers, however.
"How you doing, Bubba'?" Often done in jest.
Although they will try to avoid them, paying to use a toll road is an inevitable task for truckers. So much so they developed a slang word for it!
Along all major trucking routes are weigh stations. Trucks are weighed to see if they are within their weight limit. If not, they are fined.
"Copy"' is one one of the most used terms in trucker slang.
If your truck was broken and could not be fixed, you would need a "dragon wagon" to tow it to the nearest mechanic.
Trucker rigs are thirsty and trips certainly would need plenty of "go-go juice."