The Ultimate Trucker Slang Quiz

Isadora Teich

About This Quiz

Breaker, breaker, 1-9. We challenge you to test your trucker lingo knowledge.

For more than 75 years, big rig culture has been immortalized on the big screen and in American music. From They Drive by Night, in 1940 with Humphrey Bogart; to White Line Fever in 1975 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. And what Jerry Reed did with CB lingo in 1977 for Smokey and the Bandit? Pure poetry!

Truckers are depicted as big, rough-and-tumble 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 pizza" refers to any kind of road kill. It's generally on the side of the road.

What does "Roger" mean?

Roger is another way that truckers say "yes" or "affirmative." A trucker might say "Roger that" on CB radio.

What is "go-go juice"?

Go-go juice refers to diesel fuel. This is because it, well, makes trucks go. It's also called "motion lotion."

What is an "alligator"?

Stray bits of tire in the road, usually recaps from blown tires, can look like alligators, hence their name. Truckers try to avoid these, as they can do a lot of damage to trucks.

Which of these states do truckers refer to as "Shaky"?

Truckers often refer to Los Angeles, and all of California in general, as "Shaky," "Shaky City" or "Shakytown" because it's known for earthquakes.

What does "Left Coast" refer to?

Truckers refer to the West Coast as the "Left Coast." California Highway 152 is famous for accidents and is referred to as the "Ho Chi Minh Trail" by truckers.

What does "affirmative" mean?

Truckers have a lot of common phrases they use on CB radio when communicating. "Affirmative" means "yes." The "10" code for this is "10-4."

If a trucker on CB radio is known as a "ratchet jaw" it means that they are:

A "ratchet jaw" is a trucker who talks constantly on CB radio. They don't give anyone else a chance to talk.

If a weigh station is "all locked up," it's:

Truckers stop at weigh stations regularly as a part of their job. If a weigh station is "all locked up," it's closed.

What does "split" refer to?

When truckers refer to a "split," they are referring to a junction, where the road splits in separate directions ("I'm at the I-71/I-75 split.").

What does "95th Street" refer to?

Truckers refer to Interstate 95 or I-95 as 95th Street. This highway runs the length of the East Coast, spanning Maine to Florida.

If a trucker says something is at your "back door," that means that there is something:

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."

If a trucker says they have "too many eggs in the basket," their truck is:

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."

"Pumpkins" refer to:

Truckers have referred to Schneider trucks as "pumpkins" for a long time because they are orange. "Pumpkin" is also a road game you can play on a long trip.

A "bear" is a:

"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.

What does a "chicken coop" refer to?

A "chicken coop" refers to a weigh station. Often they will just be called "a coop" by truckers.

What does "Wally World" refer to?

"Wally world" can refer to any Wal-Mart store or distribution center. It can also refer to their trucks.

If a trucker is "throwin' iron," what are they doing?

Trucking can be a dangerous job, especially in inclement weather. Truckers put on snow tire chains — "throwin' iron" — to help stay safe in winter driving conditions.

During which season might you see a "salt shaker" on the road?

"Salt shakers" refer to the maintenance vehicles that dump sand or salt onto highways in the winter. These are meant to lower the freezing point of the water on the road to help melt ice and prevent snow or rain from freezing on the roadway surface.

A "driving award" is a:

An award no trucker ever wants to win is a "driving award," or what they call a speeding ticket. They are given out by "bears," or law enforcement officers.

What does "42" mean?

"42" is another term for "yes" or "OK" in trucker slang. Truckers often respond to questions over the radio like this.

A "gear jammer" is a/an:

A "gear jammer" is a driver on the road who is unpredictable. They tend to speed up and slow down frequently.

If a trucker on CB radio is "reading the mail," what are they doing?

If a trucker is listening to others talk on CB radio but not talking themselves, others would say that they are "reading the mail," or "sandbagging." They are generally quiet.

If one trucker tells another to "hammer down," what are they asking them to do?

This refers to stepping on the gas harder to increase speed. It's the trucker equivalent of "step on it."

What are "skins"?

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."

What does "meat wagon" refer to?

Truckers refer to ambulances as "meat wagons." This is a particularly morbid bit of trucker slang.

What does "Bambi" refer to?

"Bambi" can refer to any kind of deer on the road. This can be a buck or doe, dead or alive.

If a trucker is "paying the water bill," what are they actually doing?

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.

What do truckers call "roller skates"?

Any small car on the highway — and to truckers, most cars are small — might be called a "roller skate" by a trucker. These cars can often be annoying on large highways.

A "stagecoach" is:

Truckers often come across tour buses on the highway. They call them "stagecoaches."

What does "10-4" mean?

"10-4" means "message received" or "OK." There are many "10" codes, including "10-20" for location and "10-36" for a time check.

Where is a trucker driving if they are "going through the woods?"

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."

A "mama bear" is a:

Truckers refer to cops as "bears." This is why female cops are "mama bears."

"Negatory" means:

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.

"West Coast Turnarounds" refer to:

This is trucker slang for illegal uppers (amphetamines like speed or benzedrine). The idea behind this phrase is that if a trucker takes them he or she can get back and forth between coasts without sleeping.

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