We put a “Trucker Term of the Day” on the Gear Jammin’ Radio Facebook page. As I add them there, I will put them here. The newest will always be at the bottom.
Hammerlane ~ The far left lane. This is not a lane to homestead in. Do what ya gotta do and get out…unless your hammered on it more than most and this is the best place for ya. But be sure to watch your donkey for those that are hammered on it more than you. Then slide to the granny lane and get outta the way!
Watch your donkey ~ watch your tail or watch behind you. If your out in the hammer lane with it slapped against the dash, mashing that gas, you could have a bear on your tail. No one wants to see a bear on their donkey with the disco lights a going!
Rooster Cruiser ~ a big truck with a lot of extras. Usually a fast Petercar or K-whopper (W9), but can some times be a fast Freight-shaker, or Binder (if there is such a thang), with a big radio, kicker, lots of chicken lights & chrome on the inside and out.
Big Road & Skinny Road ~ Big Road is the interstate or a road with 4 or more lanes. Skinny Road is a two lane road. I think you can figure out why each are called what they are.
Georgia Overdrive ~ Out of gear ~ allows the weight of the truck and cargo to push the rig down hill without any restrictions. This is not a smart thing to do because the gear jammer has no control over his/her rig. But it has happened from time to time
Crackerhead ~ someone that crumbles under the pressure.
Keep the Shinny Side up ~ Keep the vehicle on it’s wheels, don’t have an accident or roll it
Don’t feed the bears! ~ Because this kind of bear doesn’t eat honey or donuts, they eat your hard earned $$$. Don’t get a speeding ticket, funny book ticket, over weight ticket….any kind of ticket that you have a to pay a fine.
Funny Book ~ Log book ~ sometimes what drivers put down in their logbooks gets so “creative” that it is FAR from reality.
Home Twenty ~ Though some drivers feel that the truck is their home, this is the place they tell their “travel agent” where they want to go when they have “home time.”
Travel Agent ~ the dispatcher ~ the dispatcher determines where the truck goes & what freight it takes. so drivers call them their travel agent.
Walkin’ that Dog ~ Usually a measure of how well a C.B. is getting out. If it is “walkin’ that dog,” then it is getting out REAL well.
Kickin dat cat ~ if it is kickin’ that cat it is getting out even better
Shootin’ ya ~ the police radar ~ if someone says that they are shootin’ ya in the donkey just over the hill, that means there is a bear set up with a radar gun just over the hill and that he/she is set up and clocking you from the rear. (I hate when they do that!)
High Speed Driving Award ~ speeding ticket ~ Some times ya just gotta go fast. And some times smokey bear likes to give ya an award for doing so! (I hate it when that happens as well!)
Trashin’ Around ~ Sometimes there is extra time on a load and a driver has to find something to do. Drivers use this term or phrase when they are waisting time. “I’m trashin’ around the truck-stop.” MEANS: I am waisting time at the truck stop. “I’m trashin’ on the radio.” MEANS: They are talkin’ on the CB with no general purpose. They could just be “raising hate and discontent.”
Raising Hate & Discontent ~ when a driver is trashin’ on the two-way they some times aggravate other drivers with their comments. Course, most of the time it is all in good fun and just to make the miles go by faster. It can be LOTS of fun! Woop! Woop!
Chickendale ~ Springdale, AR. Lots of chickens are shipped out of there and that is where Tyson originated from.
Roosterpoot ~ Russellville, AR ~ There are lots of chickens shipped out the that area. It may be more of a local chicken hauler term.
Wiggle Wagons ~ set of double trailers. They are called wiggle wagons because it doesn’t matter how steady the driver is, the wagons are going to wiggle going down the road.
Seat Covers ~ driver or passenger in a 4-wheeler. Since big trucks sit so high, the driver can see down into just about any 4-wheeler, so be careful what you do going down the road, someone may be watching.
Grossed Out ~ no, it doesn’t mean the a driver did or saw something appalling. It means that the driver’s load has them at or near max weight limits, which for most, is 80,000lb.
Dispatcher Brains or Sailboat Fuel or Motorcycle Doors ~ in other words, if a driver says he/she is hauling dispatcher brains or sailboat fuel or motorcycle doors, then they have nothing in their trailer, because neither things. exist!
Dirty Side ~ the north east ~ not many drivers enjoy running the New England states. with the length of tractors & trailer these days, it can be very hard to get around on the roads or backed into a dock. Also, the cities seem to be a bit more dangerous as well as dirty.
Billy Big Rigger ~ a driver with a BIG ego. Most of the time they “think” they know it all. Oh, and no matter what you have done in your trucking career, they have done something wilder more spectacular.
Zipper ~ No not the one on your pants or jacket. It is that dotted line down the middle of the highway. Kinda looks like a zipper, doesn’t it?!
Gator ~ I know some of you live in areas that have REAL gators, but this is not those kind of gators. These kind of gator are the leftovers from when a tire blows and leaves pieces on the road. Truckers call the that because if you get to close or hit one, they can reach up and bite ya. It usually sin’t a good thing, that is the same with all kinds of gators! LOL!
Rocking Chair ~ Not that thing on your porch. It is when you have someone on the front door & some on the back door & you are tucked in between them. It is usually a protected place to ride, but not always. I have had my legs strapped many times by a bearwhen riding there. Course, you have make sure that who ever is riding the front & back doors have their eyeballs pealed.