When Smokey and the Bandit came out back in the late ’70s, folks throughout the United States were introduced to the trucking industry and truck driving culture on a massive scale. If you didn’t have a CB radio and a cool CB handle to go along with it, then you basically weren’t doing it right.
To pay tribute to the good old days of rampant CB radio use, we posed the following question on our social media pages: “If you were a trucker, what would your radio name be?”
Needless to say, we got a number of awesome answers from our readers. Check a few of them out!
What’s Your CB Radio Handle?
We wonder what this guy’s name is when they ARE mad at him…
The family that drives trucks together, stays together.
Now that’s just truckin’ badass.
This call sign doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but hilarious nonetheless.
A special shoutout to all the wives of truckers out there!
An entire squad of CB radio users? So awesome!
You gotta love the classics.
Hey, we hear ya, man.
15 Trucker Slang Terms
Whether you’re a truck driver and actually working for a trucking company or just a frequent CB radio user, there is plenty of important lingo that you need to know. These terms can deal with anything from significant landmarks to crucial commands to other vehicles on the road. While there are dozens and dozens of popular trucker slang terms, here are just a few CB slang terms that any trucker should be familiar with.
Back row: The last rows of parking in a truck stop. This is usually where the, how shall we say, shadier activities tend to go down.
Bear bait: Typically a four-wheeler, this is a vehicle going past the speed limit that protects the other speeding vehicles behind it.
Chicken lights: The extra lights that a big rig has on its truck and trailer.
Covered wagon: A flatbed trailer with sidewalls, and a tarp.
Double nickel: 55 MPH.
Dragon wagon: A tow truck.
Georgia overdrive: A not-so-recommended speeding technique where you put the transmission into neutral on a downgrade.
Go-go juice: Diesel fuel.
Hammer down: Speed up! Step on it! “Power up” can also be used.
Kojak with a Kodak: A police officer who’s using a radar gun.
Parking lot: An auto transporter that’s typically used when the trailer is empty.
Pay the water bill: Taking a bathroom break.
Rambo: Someone who talks really tough on the radio, especially when no one else knows where they are.
Reefer: A refrigerated van trailer.
Wiggle Wagon: A set of double or triple trailers.
15 Trucker Slang Terms for Popular Cities
The Apple: New York City, New York
Bean Town: Boston, Massachusetts
Beer City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Big A: Atlanta, Georgia
Big D: Dallas, Texas
Bikini: Miami, Florida
Bright Lights: Kansas City, Missouri
The Dirty: Cleveland, Ohio
The Gateway: St. Louis, Missouri
Guitar: Nashville, Tennessee
Lost Wages: Las Vegas, Nevada
Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Louisiana
Queen City: Charlotte, North Carolina
Sack of tomatoes: Sacramento, California
Shaky City: Los Angeles, California
This post was originally published on May 4, 2020.