CB Radio Lingo & Trucker Talk
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Now that many drivers use cell phones and satellite systems to communicate with other drivers and trucking companies while on the road, CB (Citizen’s Brand) radio isn’t the necessity it once was. However, CB trucker lingo and CB codes are woven into the history and culture of the trucking industry. Over time, these specialized phrasings and code words evolved into an argot that can sometimes resemble an entirely new language—indecipherable to those not in the know. Not only that but the use and meaning of trucker lingo tend to vary regionally.
Even now that new tech has hit the scene, it’s not hard to make an argument in favor of preserving CB codes. For one, radio can be used in some places that don’t receive cell service. In the event of an accident, a driver can notify all nearby vehicles far more quickly by sending the message out over CB radio—potentially preventing a pileup.
If you’re interested in brushing up on your CB codes or learning new trucker lingo, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a quick reference guide to the most commonly used trucker codes and a few points to keep in mind when you go on the air.
CB RADIO LINGO: KEY PHRASES & WHAT THEY MEAN
|Hello, come in||I hear you load and clear|
|Evil Knievel||Motorcycle cop|
|Chicken coop||Weight station|
|Chicken truck||Owner-operator rig loaded up with chrome, lights, and accessories|
|Four wheeler||Car or other passenger vehicle|
|Stay loaded||Be well, go make some money|
|Back door||There’s someone behind you, possibly a cop|
|Bambi||A deer, living or dead|
|Bear bite||Speeding ticket|
|Black eye||Busted headlight|
|Granny lane||Slow lane on the highway or Interstate|
|Plain wrapper||Unmarked police car|
|Schneider eggs||Orange traffic cones|
DECIPHERING TRUCKER LINGO: COMMONLY-USED CB CODES
|10-1||Receiving poorly (I can’t hear you)|
|10-2||Receiving well (I can hear you)|
|10-3||Stop transmitting (Quiet!)|
|10-7||Out of service, leaving air (I am going off the air)|
|10-8||In service, subject to call (I am back on the air)|
|10-10||Transmission completed, standing by (I’m listening)|
|10-20||What’s your location?|
TRUCKER CODES OF CONDUCT: CB RADIO LINGO ETIQUETTE
CB radio is a public place and a valuable resource for lots of drivers—so treat it with respect! Here’s what to keep in mind when you go on the air:
- Only take the time you need. Channels are crowded, so be mindful of eating up airtime. CB codes make it easier to say a lot in very little time while gaining the respect of your fellow drivers.
- Watch your language. Not only will lots of other drivers hear you, but people riding in nearby cars—including kids—could be listening in, too.
- Look out for scams. Scams are to CB radio what phishing is to email. If you hear someone asking you to stop roadside and help them, be wary! The situation may not be as it appears.
- Don’t reveal details about your job. You don’t want to make public any info about your freight, its value, or your destination. Doing so may be falling into a trap that allows saboteurs to steal your truck or cargo. This is one of the most important trucker codes in the book.
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