With the rise of mobile texting and social media apps in trucking, the CB is being used for just a percentage of what it used to. There’s no beating a CB when there’s an immediate and developing incident down the road or sudden inclement weather that requires warning. But like the waning popularity of talking trucker country songs, less drivers are using CBs as their primary outreach for communication.
So it’s unfortunate, but that doesn’t mean that trucker slang has lost its appeal. You just have to keep up on your trucking terms. So our friend Gonzo listed a few of his favorites, just in case you wanted a refresher course.
Ears On: Active CB Radio
Alligator: Tire Treads On The Road
Bear Cop: Police Helicopter
Full Grown Bear: State Police
CB Rambo: Someone talking shit on the CB but won’t do it to your face! (We call them Internet Trolls)
Lot Lizard: Truck Stop Prostitute
County Mounty: County Cop
Bear In A Plain Wrapper: Police Car With No Markings
Picture Taker: An Officer Of The Law Using A Radar Gun
Diesel Bear: DOT Enforcement Cop For Big Trucks
Disco Lights/Bubble Gum Machine: Cop With Emergency Lights On
Feed The Bear: Pay A Ticket/Fine
Mama Bear: Female Cop
Papa Bear: Officer In Charge
Meat Wagon: Ambulance
Super Trucker: A truck with no speed governor hauling ass or driving aggressively.
Good Buddy: While trucking in the 70s it used to mean friend. Now it means homosexual. Replaced by the term Good Neighbor.
Baboon Butt: Kenworth trucks because of the way the front grill looks.
Brake Check: Traffic Is Slow Up Ahead
Freight Shaker: Freightliner
Bull Rack: Livestock Hauler/Turd Hauler
Car Hauler: Parking Lot
Wagon: Trailer/Covered Wagon
Chicken Choker: Poultry Hauler
CFI/Company Truck: Corn Flake
Big E: Estes Truck Lines
Four Wheeler: A Car Or Pickup Truck
Pumpkin Truck: Schneider National
Salt Shaker: Snow Plows
Skate Board: Flatbed Trailer
Suicide Jockey: HazMat or Explosives Hauler
Weiner Wagon: Werner Trucking
Back Door/Front Door: When you’re behind or in front of another truck, the rocking chair is in the middle.
Chicken Coop: Weigh Stations
High Speed Chicken Feed: Drugs Used To Keep You Awake
Joke Book/Cheat Sheet: Log Books
Pickle Park: Rest Area
Schneider Eggs: Orange Construction Barrels
Truck Stop Tommy: A Pimp
Zipper: Painted Lines On The Road
Did we miss any good ones? Let us know! ‘Til next time…