Helpful Trucker Terms you should know!
Being a trucker is not only a unique way of life, but it also comes with a unique way of communicating that mainly only those in the trucking industry can decipher and understand.
It can be so easy to get the terms used by truckers mixed up.
I've compiled a helpful list you can reference back to for their meaning.
Take a look!
Payload – the weight of the load
Peddle Run – route with lots of deliveries
Pete – Peter-built truck
RC (Rate Confirmation) – the rate shipper or broker agrees to pay a carrier to haul a load
Reefer – refrigerated truck trailer
Shiny Side Up – top of the truck; don’t crash or rollover
Sliding Fifth Wheel – a fifth wheel that can be slid back to redistribute weight on the axles
Trucking Authority –FMCSA approval to haul loads
Willy Weaver – a drunk driver
10-4 – acknowledging something
10-6 – busy right now
10-8 – en route
20 – location
4-Wheeler – automobile
APU – authorized pick-up
APU-Auxiliary Power Units
Backhaul – returning load to the home location
Bear Trap – speed radar trap
Gear Jammer –speeding driver
Hammer Down – drive faster
Hopper – a truck that empties load through the bottom that opens
HOS –hours of service
Intermodal – shipping container freight
Jack-Knife –when a trailer is pushed to the side of the tractor
K-whopper – Kenworth truck
Kingpin – pin where the axle wheel pivots
LTL (Less Than Truckload) – load less than 10,000 lbs.
Motor Carrier – the person or company that is responsible for transporting goods via a commercial motor vehicle
P&D Driver – pickup and delivery driver locally
Bill of Lading – a document that details information regarding the goods being hauled by a carrier from a shipper
Chicken Coop – Weigh Station
Chicken Lights – Added lights on and around a truck
Chocks –blocks placed in front and behind wheels to prevent the truck from rolling
Consignee – the person who receives the goods
Co-signor – a person who ships the goods
County Mounty – a county sheriff
Deadhead – miles driven with no load
Dry Van –standard enclosed truck trailer
ETA – estimated time of arrival
Freightshaker – Freightliner truck
GCW (Gross Combined Weight) – the combined weight of tractor/trailer and load
Hopefully, you learned a few new helpful terms to use on the road. What are your favorite
terms to use? Comment below!