Can You Translate These Trucker Slang Words?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

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!


What does the use of the word "copy" mean?

'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 trucker normally has a "comic book." What would this be?

A "comic book" would refer to the truckers log book. Back before GPS systems, truckers would record their journeys in a log book.

If a trucker said he almost had an accident involving a "crotch rocket," what did he nearly hit?

A "crotch rocket" often referred to road bikes of Japanese origin. There were speedy super-styled bikes, not a cruiser for example.

Any ideas as to what "double nickel" referred to?

Yes, truckers even had slang for speed limits. The "double nickel" makes perfect sense for a speed limit of 55

Something a trucker DIDN'T want was a driving award. What was it?

If you received a "driving award," you were simply caught speeding.

"You have an Evil Knievel approaching" means what exactly?

Well we know Evil Knievel loved motorcycles, so this bit of trucker slang does make sense.

A trucker who "had their nightgown on" was ready to do what?

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.

"Baker Niner 46" would be a trucker's ______

Each trucker has a specific name to identify themselves. This was called their "handle."

When a truck driver said he was having "shutter trouble," what did he mean?

"Shutters" are eyes in trucker slang. A trucker having shutter problems was having difficulty staying awake while driving.

"Just passed a meat wagon on the interstate" would refer to what vehicle?

A term used by others, the police for example, a meat wagon is an ambulance.

If a trucker were to say they will "mash their motor," what do you think they meant?

Along with "hammer down," this trucker slang term indicated that they trucker in question was about to go faster.

"Negatory" means ________

Simply really. "Negatory" is classic trucker slang for no

Could you tell us what this trucker slang term means: "pay the water bill."

"Paying the water bill" would see a trucker finding a stop so they could go to the toilet

Truckers are usually very courteous. What does "'preeshaydit" mean?

Easy to see, right! Just a special word truckers use to show their appreciation

"Radio check ... 1,2,3" If a trucker said that, what is he trying to do?

Truckers would often check to see if their CB radios were working properly before they hit the road. This is how they did it.

What does the term "roller skate" refer to?

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.

"Reading the mail" means?

Also called "sandbagging," sometimes trucker would just listen to the radio chatter as they drove.

A "Schneider egg" is what exactly?

Truckers really have a word for just about anything!

A trucker who picked up a "sleeper creeper" had what in his cab?

Prostitutes were to be found at truck stops all over, and truckers often used their services.

When a trucker said "A stagecoach just passed me," what type of vehicle was he referring to?

Yes, in trucker slang, a tour bus was called a stagecoach.

Police "taking pictures" would be doing what?

Truckers are always wary of police, especially when it comes to the enforcement of speed limits!

When a truck driver hit "triple digits," he was?

Driving faster brings down travel times. Triple digits was certainly breaking the law, however.

________ is covered by the term, "Wally World."

A trip to "Wally World" meant a trucker was visiting Walmart.

Truckers also used codes while taking. What does "10-1" mean?

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.

"We have a 10-42 near the turnpike" would mean an _________

Accidents are covered by the CB code, "10-42."

"Driver eastbound on the highway, your truck has a black eye" would refer to?

Makes sense, doesn't it? A black eye refers to a headlight that's not working.

What could a "bear in the air" refer to?

Truckers would call out police at all times to inform their fellow truckers, even those in the air.

Travelling on the "Big Road" meant?

When trucker was on the "Big Road" he had hit the Interstate or any other main highway

Any ideas as to what a "big truck" is?

Yes, a big truck is exactly that. This phrase normally refers to 18-wheelers, however.

What is a "bubba?"

"How you doing, Bubba'?" Often done in jest.

"I am going through the cash register now," would refer to what?

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!

If a trucker was at the "chicken coop," what was going to happen next?

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.

____________ is phrased as "Do you copy?"

"Copy"' is one one of the most used terms in trucker slang.

A "dragon wagon" is a?

If your truck was broken and could not be fixed, you would need a "dragon wagon" to tow it to the nearest mechanic.

Filling up with "go-go juice" meant a trucker was:

Trucker rigs are thirsty and trips certainly would need plenty of "go-go juice."

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