Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
to get some sleep. I hope you enjoyed my quiz, I have a few more planned if this one goes over well. My Uncle was a truck driver his whole life and I grew up talking on CB's. Creating this brought back some great memories!
a channel taken over by youngsters. Truckers despised a channel where kids were doing all of the talking. They could and would sometimes get nasty about it, of course the FCC didn't like it either!
whip. The longest of these could approach 10 feet long and when the vehicle was moving it would whip around just like a whip! The longer ones had springs connecting them to the base so they wouldn't snap.
voice operated radio. This innovation allowed for hands free talk and was very popular with the few truckers who could afford it, push button units were simpler to use though as they didn't pick up all of the background noise.
slow down. Jake was a term used for slowing down, by shutting cylinders (an engine brake).
money. Money was also called green backs for the same reason it was called trading stamps, the old trading stamps were green.
radar trap ahead. I alway liked this one. Basically truckers were saying look pretty for the police and let them know you know they are there!
a driving partner. Often on very long trips two drivers would be sent so the cargo could arrive faster.
scanning the 40 channels. Often if one channel became too busy or if truckers were looking for friends they'd switch channels, sometimes surfing for cleaner channels.
traffic jam. People still use this term today. Many of the terms used by truckers have crept into our language and remained.
listening to CB, but not talking. Many times truckers would listen for awhile to help keep themselves awake but would need both hands due to bad weather, roads, etc.
many cops in an area at night. This derived from the idea that they were like vampires or zombies. It's dark and they are all over the place.
coffee. You can only imagine what old coffee at some truck stops and dinners must look like.
small town cop. Nothing made truckers more upset than to be stopped by a one stop light town policeman about something minor.
cop with radar. Kojak was another term for policemen and Kodak signified a radar, monitoring your speed, in other words taking your picture.
lights on a rig. Often private owned trucks would be decked out with so many lights it looked a Christmas tree, or expensive jewelry, hence the term.
traffic citations. They called them this because they were invitations to either pay or come to court.
Hippie Chippie. The term comes from the 70's and all of the hitchers around then, often hippie kids or college students bumming rides.
too much talk on one channel. If you've ever used a CB you have run across "garbage". Sometimes some channels have so much conversation it just becomes bits and pieces of gibberish.
a return trip. Basically it meant a trucker would drop off the load and turn right around.
meet face to face. This one is simple, if you can see someone face to face, then you can see their eyeballs and they can see yours.
the FCC. The FCC was also called Uncle Charlie, Charlie, Big Charlie, Big Daddy, and Candyman among others.
a closed weigh station. Chicken coups were called this because of the small buildings where the police typically were stationed.
a female police officer. There is also beaver bait, beaver palace, beaver trap and beaver fever among others. All signify something to do with females.
the tread from a tire laying on the road. Truckers called the treads that came off their tires alligators due to the fact that the corrugated part looked like alligator skins laying on the road.
Cops are everywhere.. This term came from a hunting term. To say it's open season means the cops are everywhere and pulling over everyone, just as hunters would hunt freely during "open season".
A truck with a lot of lights.. This is basically the same term as "jewelry". Independent truckers would often decorate their trucks with lights on the spoiler, wind shears and even down the sides of the doors. Truckers began calling this rigs "neons" because of the brightness of the lights.
Conversation on a channel.. More truckers got their information from the CB than ever did from any mail, newspaper or TV.
Money.. The same thing as the term "greenbacks", in that American paper money is green, thus lettuce became the term for money.
School bus.. Nothing, and I mean nothing would be worse than to be stuck behind a school bus while it was dropping kids off or picking kids up. A trucker's income was partially decided by his timely arrivals and departures, so anything that slowed him down was bad news.
Give person a call via the telephone.. This term derived from the sound a phone made when it rang, at least before ring tones, lol. To tell someone you'd give them a jingle when you reached your twenty meant you'd call them when you got where you were going.