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New to trucking? To make your job a lot easier, one of the first things you should do is learn to talk “trucker talk.” Truckers have their own set of slang, CB lingo and radio code, so if you want to understand what your fellow truckers are saying on CB and communicate with them effectively, you must first learn the slang, as well as the rules of conduct.

There are lots of online glossaries that define every term and code for you, from A to Z. If you are brand new to the CB world, you can use them to get up to speed fast. Two examples of good online resources that describe CB terminology are:

  • https://www.truckercountry.com/trucker-resources/cb-terminology/
  • https://www.wearecb.com/cb-radio-lingo.html

The most important rule of conduct when using a CB radio is don’t consume more airtime than you have to. Be clear, be brief and be gone.

But that’s why there are CB 10-codes, Q-codes and trucker terminology. These “sound bites” give you the power to convey a lot of information in just a few numbers, words and phrases. Use them wisely over the airwaves, and you’ll communicate more effectively with your peers while winning their respect and making friends in the process.

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