Trucker Slang: 30 Words You Need To Know

There’s a lot the average driver doesn’t know about the trucks they pass on the highway. For example, truck wheel tips are often plastic, and the word semi does not indicate half of a vehicle. But trucker slang is one of the most inscrutable aspects of big truck culture.

If you’ve ever listened to a CB radio frequency, you know that truckers communicate in their own language. Using special lingo, truckers discuss everything from road hazards to the best places to grab a coffee. Even if you only drive four-wheelers, you can still have fun using these bits of trucker slang on your next road trip.

1. All Locked Up

A weigh station is closed.

2. Crocodiles

A piece of tire on the road, usually from a tire blowout.

3. Anteater

A Kenworth T-600 truck.

4. Backdoor

There is something behind a conductor.

5. Baby

A deer in or near the road.

6. Bear

Police, including state troopers and highway patrol.

7. Bear Bite

A speeding ticket.

8. Bears in the bushes

A policeman out of sight, usually with a radar gun waiting for speeders.

9. Highway

A highway or any major highway.

10. Black Eye

A lighthouse that is extinguished.

11. Bobtail

A tractor without the attached trailer.

12. Bullfrog

A Mack truck.

13. Bumper Sticker

A hooker vehicle.

14. Brown buster

A UPS truck.

15. Cash register

A toll booth.

15. Chicken Coop

A weigh station.

16. Comedian

Median strip separating opposing traffic lanes on a highway.

17. Convoy

Several trucks traveling in groups.

18. Double Nickel

Drive at 55 mph, which is considered the most efficient speed for highway driving.

19. Evel Knievel

A policeman on a motorcycle.

20. Front door

There is something in front of the driver.

21. Do you have ears?

Are you listening?

22. Juice to go

Diesel fuel.

23. Hundred Mile Cafe

Very strong coffee.

24. Pay the water bill

Stop for a bathroom break.

25. Read Mail

Listen to CB radio without speaking on it.

26. Roadside Pizza

Roadkill.

27. Sesame Street

Channel 19 on CB radio (because everyone lives there).

28. Wally’s World

Walmart. May refer to Wal-Mart stores, distribution centers or trucks.

29. 4 wheels

Passenger vehicles, including cars and vans.

30. 10-4

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