The A-Z of Aussie truck driver slang

We all know that Aussies have created their own language and slang over the years, with ‘barbie’ and ‘true blue’ becoming synonymous with the culture.

But did you know there is a specific language spoken by Aussie truck drivers?

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Truckies have their own terms for just about everything you come across on the road.

If you’re not in the industry you may find yourself confused when you find out a Dog trailer has nothing to do with the fluffy animals, and a hairdryer is not something needed for wet hair.

So test yourself now, how much Aussie truck driver slang do you actually know?

  • Anchor: Brakes
  • Anteater: Kenworth T604 because of the aerodynamic design
  • Bingle: Small road accident
  • Carby: Carburetor
  • Clocked: Caught speeding
  • Disco Whistle: Police car siren
  • Diff: The differential that couples the drive shaft to half-shafts connected to the rear driving wheels
  • Dolly: A unit made up of a turntable, draw bar and axle group. Its an essential piece of equipment that attaches multiple trailers together for long hauls across Australia.
  • Dog Trailer: A trailer that can be attached to a semi-trailer
  • Evel Knievel: Policeman on a bike
  • Hairdryer: Stationary Highway Patrol LIDAR/Radar set up
  • Jinker: A trailer to transport long logs
  • Juice: Fuel
  • Live Load: A load that cannot be secured completely such as liquids, livestock, hanging meat or earthmoving equipment with pneumatic tyres
  • Locker: Locked differential
  • Pig Trailer: A trailer with a non-steerable axle group near the middle
  • Plain Wrapper: unmarked police car
  • Reefer: An insulated, refrigerated dry freight container
  • Roo catcher: Bull-bars
  • Spanner monkey: Mechanic
  • Slush Box: Automatic transmission

Learn anything new? Next time you’re on the road, maybe test out some of the terms over the UHF and expand your vocabulary.

Are there any truck driver slang we are forgetting? Let us know! Email


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