Do You Know Enough To Be A Trucker?

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Being a trucker can be pretty sweet. But this seemingly chill and laidback job comes with A LOT of responsibilities. Then there's the slang you have to learn -- it's like a whole new language. Do you think you have what it takes to not only be a trucker, but to also pass this quiz? Test your knowledge of these trucker rules and terms! What are you waiting for?

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1. What are "bears"?

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  1. Criminals
  2. Law enforcement
  3. Children
  4. Bears
When truckers say "bears," they're referring to police officers, not actual grizzly bears.
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2. To get your CDL (commercial driver's license), you DO NOT need to:

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  1. Pass a debate class
  2. Pass a vision test
  3. Pass a written test
  4. Pass a medical exam
Visual, medical, written and practical exams are all required. Debate is not.
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3. If a trucker says "road pizza," he means:

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  1. Roadkill
  2. Pizza made on asphalt
  3. Tar
  4. Pizza you eat on the trip
"Road pizza" refers to roadkill: that is, any animal that has died because of a collision with a vehicle.
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4. Big trucks can stop as fast as cars. True?

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  1. Yes
  2. No
NO. In fact, it takes a completely loaded truck traveling at 60 mph approximately the length of a football field to come to a safe stop.
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5. More than half of all truck driver deaths are caused by:

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  1. Tornados
  2. Rollovers
  3. Airplane crashes
  4. Front-end collisions
A picture is worth 1000 words. Rollovers cause more than half of all deaths where truck drivers are concerned.
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6. Your "doors were blown off." That means:

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  1. Your doors were just blown off
  2. Your brakes stopped working
  3. A vehicle passed you at a high speed
  4. You have a flat tire
Truckers use the very same roads that everyone else does. It's no surprise that they get to witness some crazy driving, which includes vehicles passing them at obnoxiously high speeds.
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7. Where is "the back door"?

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  1. The back of the wheel
  2. The backseat
  3. The area behind the truck
  4. Under the hood
Truckers need to remain vigilant and keep an eye on their "back doors." It's the area directly behind the truck and a place where some drivers get too close to.
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8. When should you pay close attention to the roads:

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  1. In mountains
  2. On empty highways
  3. When your heart is broken
  4. When it's close to dinner time
Driving up and down mountains tests a driver's shifting and braking ability. It's not easy to go up and down steep roads with heavy loads.
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9. Which of these terms is used to describe double-trailer trucks?

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  1. Wiggle wagons
  2. Butterflies
  3. Big Big Rig
  4. Elevens
Double-trailer trucks are often called "wiggle wagons." Why? Because they look like two caterpillars wiggling when they're in motion.
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10. If you are "mashing your motor," you:

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  1. Are going at a snail's pace
  2. Are driving fast
  3. Are making music in your truck
  4. No one knows
Even non-truckers who drive fast "mash their motors." Doing this can be dangerous, especially if there's cargo involved.
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11. Someone cut you off when driving with a heavy load! What's your next step?

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  1. Chase the offending vehicle like you're in a Bond movie
  2. Cut the other car off. An eye for an eye!
  3. Keep driving at your normal pace
  4. Shout as many profanities as you can think of at the offending car
You'll find crazy drivers everywhere, so it's best to not engage with them. Take a deep breath if you have to and keep driving at your normal speed.
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12. A slippery road is also called:

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  1. Perfect for sledding
  2. Greasy
  3. Apocalyptic
  4. Stinky
Truckers describe a road as "greasy" if there's rain, snow or ice that makes it harder to drive on.
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13. A highway or interstate is also called:

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  1. A big slab
  2. A big gap
  3. Cobblestones
  4. A black hole
"Big slab," quite obviously, describes large, roomy roads. They allow drivers to feel more comfortable when driving.
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14. What do "care bears" do?

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  1. Work near construction zones
  2. Give you hugs
  3. Work in toy stores
  4. Paint roads pink
Care bears are police officers who work near construction zones. Because these are high-risk areas, officers work to ensure the safety of those in the area.
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15. If a trucker advises you to look out for "Bambi," watch out for:

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  1. Cops
  2. Deer
  3. Tumbleweed
  4. Kids
You may or may not know, but "Bambi" is a Disney movie about a deer. If a trucker tells you to look out for a "Bambi," they're referring to deer.
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16. What should you ALWAYS do BEFORE jumping into the driver's seat?

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  1. Put on your seatbelt
  2. Buy a large cup of coffee
  3. Check your tires
  4. Make sure the trailer's doors are unlocked
Tires are one of the most important things to check when getting ready to drive. They should be checked often, especially before and during a long trip.
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17. To HELP STop a combination vehicle from rolling over:

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  1. Be well rested while driving
  2. Drive slowly when going on and off ramps
  3. Don't talk on your cellphone while driving
  4. All of the these
Combination vehicles are prone to accidents, but all of these measures helps prevent roll overs! Drive safely!
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18. When your headlight is not working it's called a:

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  1. A black eye
  2. A blue knocker
  3. A failing frontal
  4. A bad light
The term "black eye" doesn't just refer to a malfunctioning light. It also refers to one that is not working and needs to be replaced.
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19. Approximately how many lives are lost yearly due to a person or vehicle being in a truck's blind spot?

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  1. 1
  2. 10
  3. 1,300,000,000
  4. 1,300
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 35% of all fatal accidents involving trucks occur in the blind spot. This equates to about 1,300 lives a year in the USA.
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20. What should a trucker do with a "hot load"?

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  1. Deliver it quickly
  2. Put some ice on it
  3. Throw it away
  4. Call up the Italian mafia
A hot load is cargo that needs to be delivered on a short schedule. The driver would need to deliver it as quickly as possible.
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21. Is it okay to drive a commercial vehicle after removing a defective tire and not replacing it?

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  1. It depends on the weather
  2. Sure, why not?
  3. As long as the other tires can support the weight
  4. It depends on your mood
It's fine to keep driving a commercial vehicle if a tire has been removed. Fine, as long as the remaining tires are capable of supporting the weight of the vehicle and the cargo.
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22. The "granny lanes" are for what kinds of drivers?

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  1. Drivers with Alzheimer's
  2. Slow drivers
  3. Regular drivers
  4. Fast drivers
If you want to take it slow, stay in the right lane so other vehicles can pass on your left.
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23. If a trucker has "topped" something:

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  1. He's hit an overhead object
  2. He turned is radio up too loud
  3. He won a prize for good driving
  4. That phrase doesn't exist
Trucks have tall profiles. Because of this, they DO hit something every now and then, especially if their drivers are not being careful.
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24. In a car-truck crash, who is more likely at fault:

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  1. Car drivers
  2. Truck drivers
In 2013, a study carried out by the Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that car drivers were at fault for an accident involving a car and a truck 81% of the time.
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25. How would a trucker say that his or her radio is on?

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  1. "Aliens are listening"
  2. They "have their ears on"
  3. "It's prime time"
  4. Their "eyes are wide open"
No one is quite sure where the saying came from. If a trucker says he or she has "their ears on," the radio is on.
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26. If you've just "paid your water bill," you have:

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  1. Just gone through a rainstorm
  2. Used the restroom
  3. Put water on your wipers
  4. Paid your house's utility bill
When a trucker stops to "pay their water bill" they are actually using the restroom. They aren't participating in any other activity involving water!
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27. When backing up, truckers should make sure this is on:

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  1. Cellphone
  2. Back-up beeper
A back-up alarm alerts passers-by that the truck is moving in reverse. It usually produces 1000 Hz beeps at 97-112 decibels.
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28. How long will your CDL be disqualified for if you get three serious traffic violations within three years?

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  1. 1 day
  2. 1,000 days
  3. 120 days
  4. Depends on how much you bribe the authorities
Three serious traffic violations within a period of three years will result in a CDL being disqualified for 120 days (or 4 months).
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29. Which of these best practices can save a life on icy roads?

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  1. Slowing down
  2. Speeding up
  3. Staying on your cell phone
  4. Not using the brakes
Deadlines are important. But so is the safety of the driver and the load they are carrying. It's best to slow down if the roads are wet or icy.
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30. One of the toughest things to do when driving a truck is reversing it. What should you keep in mind?

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  1. Go as fast as you can
  2. Don't stop moving
  3. Take it slow
  4. A Bob Dylan song
It can take quite a bit of work to get the right angles when reversing with a commercial vehicle. The best thing to do is to take it slow.
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31. After your first DUI, how long is your CDL disqualified:

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  1. 1 week
  2. 96 months
  3. It's not disqualified
  4. 12 months
For a driver's first offense, their CDL license will be disqualified for 12 months. Multiple offenses often result in longer suspension times or the complete revocation of your license.
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32. To keep up your energy on a long trip, DO NOT:

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  1. Eat vegetables
  2. Call home
  3. Stop
  4. Eat fast foods
Getting into the habit of eating unhealthy fast food during long trips will affect your health in the long run. It's better to indulge in something healthy.
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33. What does a trucker call a pig pen when he passes one?

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  1. "Where I want to be"
  2. A mansion
  3. A hog trailer
  4. Down & dirty
A hog trailer is a pig pen. They were (and in many cases still are) common sights as drivers carried out their commutes.
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34. For how many states can you hold a commercial license?

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  1. 58
  2. 1
It is illegal to have a CDL in more than one state. Drivers are free to drive across state lines as long as they meet the minimum age requirement (21).
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35. To transport hazardous materials, you need:

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  1. All of the above
  2. To have a clean criminal slate
  3. Not to be listed by the TSA as security threat
  4. To have a regular immigration status
Being able to transport hazardous materials has a few requirements. Having a great credit history is not one of them.
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36. An emergency vehicle's lights are called:

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  1. Disco lights
  2. Pretty little liars
  3. Party starters
  4. Death eaters
When "disco lights" are present, it's a sign that everyone, including truckers, needs to slow down.
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37. After filling up your tank, DON'T:

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  1. Stay parked at the pump
  2. Put on sunscreen
  3. Pay for the gas
  4. Clean your windshields
Time and time again, drivers make it a habit to wander around while their vehicles are parked at the pump. Not only is it frustrating to other people who need gas, but it also allows potential thieves the opportunity to drive off with vehicles.
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38. Where is a truck's largest blind spot located?

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  1. The right side of the truck
  2. The roof of the truck
  3. The front of the truck
  4. There are no blind spots
The largest blind spot of a truck is located on its right side. It's better to avoid passing a truck on this side.
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39. After a 10-hour break, what's the maximum amount of time a driver is allowed to drive a property-carrying commercial vehicle?

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  1. 41 hours
  2. 31 hours
  3. 21 hours
  4. 11 hours
The guidelines vary where different companies are concerned, but federal law says that the maximum is 11 hours.
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40. New truckers should avoid taking their very first long distance job during:

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  1. Summer
  2. Winter
  3. Fall
  4. Spring
Confidence is key if icy conditions are involved on a trucker's first long-distance job.
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41. There are no chickens at a trucker's "chicken coop." He stops there to:

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  1. Weigh his load
  2. Chit chat
  3. Weigh himself
  4. Do the "chicken dance"
The chicken coop is a weigh station where truckers' loads are checked. These loads need to be within the legally-defined weight limits. If not, truckers will not be able to continue on their journeys.
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42. How old do you need to be to drive a truck across state lines?

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  1. 25
  2. 16
  3. 21
  4. 2
It is true that a few states allow people to get their commercial driver's license (CDL) at 18, but one needs to be 21 or older to go across state lines, as per federal guidelines.
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43. Driving at highway speeds, how far should a car stay behind your truck?

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  1. Tailgating is not an issue
  2. 400 car lengths
  3. 100 car lengths
  4. 20-25 car lengths
A safe distance for a car traveling behind a truck on the highway is anywhere between 20 and 25 car lengths.
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44. When a weigh station is "all locked up," it means:

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  1. There's a heist in progress
  2. There are police there
  3. It's closed
  4. It's been shut down permanently
Depending on the times of day you're driving (and the area), the weigh station may be closed ("all locked up") when you pass through.
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45. A driver DOES NOT need a CDL to operate this type of vehicle:

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  1. Semi truck
  2. Military vehicle
  3. School bus
  4. Dump truck
Anyone operating a military vehicle during active duty is exempt from holding a CDL. Farm equipment operators and emergency personnel are also exempt.
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46. Why do you need reflective triangles?

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  1. In case your vehicle breaks down and you need to warn drivers
  2. In case you want to play hopscotch
  3. They are nice decorations
  4. It's the law!
Reflective warning lights should be placed 10 feet from the vehicle in the direction of oncoming traffic. Another should be 100 feet away in the center of the lane the vehicle has stopped in or in the direction of oncoming traffic. The third should be placed 100 feet in the center of the lane in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic.
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47. What's the legal weight limit for a combination vehicle with 5 axles or more?

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  1. 500,000 pounds
  2. 80,000 pounds
  3. Unlimited
  4. 320 pounds
When it comes to 5-axle combination vehicles, most states have set a weight maximum of 80,000 pounds.
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48. How often should a driver check his cargo?

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  1. Every 1,000 miles
  2. Within the first 50 miles then every other 150 miles
  3. Whenever they hear their favorite song on the radio
  4. Never, it's illegal
When a driver first starts on their journey, they should check their cargo after the first 50 miles. After that, checks should be conducted every 150 miles or every 3 hours.
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49. What types of vehicles can you drive with your commercial learner's permit?

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  1. School bus, overseas adventures, mythical creature transport
  2. Military, submarine, alien
  3. Passenger, school bus, tank
  4. Hazardous materials, top secret, military
Not only are these the only three endorsements allowed on your permit, but they also have restrictions which limit the work one can do until the license is received.
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50. When does a farmer needs a CDL to operate their farm vehicle:

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  1. It's bright pink
  2. Horses are on it
  3. It's for commercial purposes
  4. The vehicle is being driven by the farmer's youngest son
Farmers, their family members, and their staff do not often require a CDL license, except in a few instances. One of those is if they're driving a vehicle for commercial purposes.
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51. Drive safely through "antler allies":

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  1. Deer crossings
  2. Police checks
  3. Graveyards
  4. Deserts
There are about 30 million deer living in the United States today! Remember to slow down and remain attentive when driving through "antler allies", or places where deers are prone to cross the roads.
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52. Which of these things can you expect to find at a truck stop?

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  1. A nail salon
  2. A 5-star restaurant
  3. A petting zoo
  4. A shower
Many truck stops come equipped with brand name restaurants (although not 5-star restaurants!), showers, gyms, chiropractic services, barbershops, and even bowling allies!
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53. If you work in "liquid hauling", what kind of liquid will you be transporting?

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  1. Milk
  2. Gatorade
  3. Water
  4. Gas or other chemicals
Liquid hauling is one of the highest-paid trucking jobs you can get! Why? You'll be transporting often toxic and/or combustible liquids, i.e. gas and other chemicals.
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54. What is one advantage of "team driving"?

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  1. You transport more interesting goods
  2. It pays well, because you travel longer distances
Team driving, which usually implies that you'll be traveling long distances (and driving in shifts), pays higher. Why? Long-distance driving causes higher levels of burnout than other kinds of truck driving.
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55. What do you use a "comic book" for?

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  1. Logging distances and hours worked
  2. Writing down your favorite jokes
  3. Emergency toilet paper
  4. Reading about Superman
In trucker lingo, your "comic book" is actually your logbook. What exactly goes in it? The date, name of carrier, truck number, and the total number of miles driven within a 24-hour period.
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56. Why do truckers get "monkey butt"?

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  1. They sit for long hours in hot trucks
  2. They spend too much time at zoos
  3. They only eat meat
  4. They transport lots of monkeys
What's "monkey butt"? Glad you asked. It's a rash that forms on a trucker's behind, caused by sitting long hours in hot conditions.
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57. As a trucker, one of the biggest challenges you'll face is:

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  1. Annoying managers
  2. Lack of parking spaces
Lack of parking spaces is both dangerous and expensive for truck drivers. Why? Truck drivers end up clocking more hours than allowed and may be forced to park in unsafe locations.
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58. For truckers, taking a "quiz" involves:

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  1. Taking a breathalyzer test
  2. Passing a geography test
In trucker speak, taking a "quiz" is short for taking a breathalyzer test. While the blood alcohol limit in the US is .08% for regular motorists, for truck drivers, the limit is half of this.
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59. If you're performing a "drop-and-hook":

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  1. Dropping off a trailer and picking up an empty one
  2. Quitting one trucking job and getting one with a new company
When performing a "drop-and-hook", you drop off a trailer full of goods at its final location and pick up an empty one.
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60. End a conversation on the radio by saying these numbers:

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  1. 10/4
  2. To infinity and beyond!
  3. 1 million times, thank you
  4. -100
Truckers rely on radios for maintaining communication between the company, the destination, and other drivers. Want to know how to end a conversation? It's easy: 10/4. Over and out.
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