The Ultimate Trucker Slang Quiz

By: Isadora Teich

The Ultimate Trucker Slang Quiz
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About This Quiz

Breaker, breaker, one, nine. We challenge you to test your trucker lingo knowledge.

For more than seventy-five years, big rig culture has been immortalized on the big screen and in American music. From 1940's They Drive by Night, with Humphrey Bogart; to 1975's White Line Fever, with Jan Michael Vincent; to the popular 1978 television show B.J. and the Bear, starring Greg Evigan, trucker culture has played an important role. We might even say that the culture became extremely popular due to the success of the 1978 blockbuster, Convoy, starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw, which was inspired by a 1976 country music song of the same name.

Truckers are depicted as rough-and-tumble big guys with a heart. It's hard not to love them. But, let's admit it, we all love that trucker lingo. Truckers face long hauls on the road and could use a little banter to stay alert and connected. Truckers use CB radios to chat, share road conditions, and, of course, make sure everyone knows where those Smokeys are. It's that trucker slang that is so enticing. After all, saying "a police officer operating a radar gun at the 50 mile marker" is nowhere near as fun as saying "Kojack with a Kodak at the 50 yardstick."

Think you can hang with the big boys? Take this trucker slang quiz to find out.

What does road pizza refer to?
Road kill
Road pizza refers to any kind of road kill. It's generally on the side of the road.
Bad cars
Poor drivers
Reckless pedestrians

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What does Roger mean?
No
Danger ahead
Road closed
Yes
Roger is another way that truckers say "yes" or "affirmative." A trucker might say "Roger that." on CB radio.

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What does "affirmative" mean?
No
Yes
Truckers have a lot of common phrases they use on CB radio when communicating. Affirmative means yes.
Danger ahead
Slow down

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What is an alligator?
A piece of tire in the road
Stray bits of tire in the road can look like alligators, hence their name. Truckers try to avoid these, as they can do damage to trucks.
A literal alligator
A landmine
Any road kill

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If a trucker on CB radio is known as a ratchet jaw it means that they are:
Talkative
A ratchet jaw is a trucker who talks constantly on CB radio. They don't give anyone else a chance to talk.
Silent
Using a bad connection
Funny

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If a trucker says something is at your back door, that means that there is something:
Behind you
If a trucker says this, it means that there is something behind you on the road. For example, they might say "There's a Chevy at your back door."
Far away
In front of you
Next to you

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If a trucker says they have too many eggs in the basket, their truck is:
Broken
Leaking
Overweight
Every truck has a maximum weight it is supposed to carry. If a truck is over this weight, a trucker might say their truck has too many eggs in the basket.
In tip top shape

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During which season might you see a salt shaker on the road?
Winter
Salt shakers refer to the maintenance vehicles that dump sand or salt onto highways in the winter. These are meant to provide traction so vehicles don't slip and slide on snow and ice.
Spring
Summer
Fall

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A bear is a:
Poor driver
Law enforcement officer
Bear is trucker slang for law enforcement officer, usually a state trooper or highway patrol. For example, if there is a bear in the bushes, it means that law enforcement is hiding along the road.
Drunken driver
Seasoned trucker

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What does Wally World refer to?
Wal-Mart
Wally world can refer to any Wal-Mart store or distribution center. It can also refer to their trucks.
Truck stops
Parking lots
Wyoming

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What does 95th Street refer to?
Any highway
The Lincoln Tunnel
Weigh stations
Interstate 95
Truckers refer to Interstate 95 or I-95 as 95th Street. This highway runs the length of the East Coast.

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What does Left Coast refer to?
The US-Mexico Border
The West Coast
Truckers refer to the West Coast as the Left Coast. California Highway 152 is famous for accidents and is referred to as Ho Chi Minh Trail by truckers.
Odd-numbered highways
Montana

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If a weigh station is all locked up, it's:
Backed up
Missing
Closed
Truckers stop at weigh stations regularly as a part of their job. If a weigh station is all locked up, it's closed.
Open for business

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A driving award is a:
New trucker
Police officer
Speeding ticket
A driving award is what truckers call a speeding ticket. They are given out by bears, or law enforcement officers.
Lighter

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What does a chicken coop refer to?
Weigh station
A chicken coop refers to a weight station. Often they will just be called "a coop" by truckers.
Traffic stop
Accident
Headlights

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If one trucker tells another to hammer down, what are they asking them to do?
Stop
Go faster
This refers to stepping on the gas harder to increase speed. It's the trucker equivalent of "step on it."
Wait for them
Slow down

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What does meat wagon refer to?
Cop cars
Minivans
Any truck
Ambulances
Truckers refer to ambulances as meat wagons. This is a particularly morbid bit of trucker slang.

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Which of these states to truckers refer to as Shaky?
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
California
Truckers often refer to Los Angeles, and all of California in general, as Shaky. This is due to it being known for earthquakes.
North Dakota

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Pumpkins refer to:
Hitchhikers
Lot lizards
Orange trucks
Truckers have referred to Schneider trucks as pumpkins for a long time. This is because they are orange.
Drinks

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What are skins?
Law enforcement officers
Tires
Truck drivers have slang and nicknames for different kinds of vehicles and even parts of their own trucks. They often refer to their truck tires as skins.
Headlights
Street signs

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What does split refer to?
A junction
When truckers refer to a split, they are referring to a junction. This is where the road splits in separate directions.
A pothole
A reckless trucker
Leaving a state

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What does 10-4 mean?
OK
10-4 means message received or OK. Some truckers just say 10.
No
Can you repeat that?
Help!

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If a trucker is throwin' iron, what are they doing?
Speeding
Breaking laws
Putting on snow tire chains
Trucking can be a dangerous job, especially in inclement weather. Truckers put on snow tire chains to help stay safe in winter driving conditions.
Working hard

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What does Bambi refer to?
A hitchhiker
Law enforcement
A bear
A deer
Bambi can refer to any kind of deer on the road. This can be a buck or doe, dead or alive.

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"Negatory" means:
No
When talking on CB radio, truckers have a number of words they say to mean yes and no. Negatory means no - and isn't likely to be mistaken for another word.
Yes
Maybe
Danger ahead

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A stagecoach is:
A U-haul truck
A minivan
A tour bus
Truckers often come across tour buses on the highway. They call them stagecoaches.
A broken-down truck

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If a trucker is paying the water bill, what is he actually doing?
Drinking on the job
Literally paying the water bill
Using the restroom
A trucker who is paying the water bill has likely stopped at a rest stop to take a break and go to the bathroom. This is common trucker slang.
Cleaning their truck

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A mama bear is a:
Female law enforcement officer
Truckers refer to cops as bears. This is why female cops are mama bears.
Part of the truck
Female truck driver
Driver's wife

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Where is a trucker driving if they are going through the woods?
The East Coast
The West Coast
Off the highway
Usually, truckers like to stick to highways on long journeys. If they have to leave the interstate and take secondary roads, they might say they are going through the woods.
New York City

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What is go-go juice?
Coffee
Diesel fuel
Go-go juice refers to diesel fuel. This is because it makes trucks go.
A GMC truck
A convertible

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What do truckers call roller skates?
Minivans
U-haul trucks
Any small cars
Any small car on the highway might be called a roller skate by a trucker. These cars can often be annoying on large highways.
Black ice

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If a trucker on CB radio is reading the mail, what are they doing?
Literally reading out their mail
Talking up a storm
Silently listening
If a trucker is listening to others talk on CB radio but not talking, others would say that they are reading the mail. They are generally quiet.
Singing

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What does 42 mean?
Watch out
No
Yes
42 means yes or OK in trucker slang. Truckers often respond to questions over the radio like this.
Stop

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West Coast Turnarounds refer to:
West Coast Streets
West Coast Drivers
Uppers
This is trucker slang for illegal uppers. The idea behind this phrase is that if a trucker takes them he can get back and forth between coasts without sleeping.
Downers

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A gear jammer is a/an:
Great driver
Pothole
Unpredictable driver
A gear jammer is a driver on the road who is unpredictable. They speed up and slow down fequently.
New trucker

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