To CB Or Not To CB?

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Zen Joker's Comment
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Do most of you have and use CB? Seen a lot of articles on the web that CB is just a wasteland of asinine conversation and lewd humor.

Do many of you find a CB to be a helpful part of your day? Is it worth having one in your truck day in day out?

Thank you very much in advance for your opinion and perspective..

Best, Andy

RedGator's Comment
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I only turn mine on in bad weather. Its extremely helpful during winter.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I've been solo about 3 months now and have not purchased a CB. Only times I wish I had a CB are when I pull into a shipper or consignee and here's a giant sign that says "TRUCKS TUNE TO CB CHANNEL XYZ FOR INSTRUCTIONS." But there is always a security shack in those situations anyway, so I get to go speak with someone face to face.

I would assume as winter comes closer CB becomes useful for finding out if roads are closed or there are accidents and so on. But I probably won't buy one anyway lol.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I find it a push. For example, earlier today a UPS driver had a heart attack right next to exit 221 off of I-30 WB in Arkansas. Communicating to the other drivers lets them know how bad traffic is, but it does NOT always work.

Dave

Daniel B.'s Comment
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A CB can be very helpful. It will allow you to communicate with others. If there's something wrong with the truck or trailer that you cannot see then someone can tell you over the CB. It helps tremendously in bad weather and allows you to have information on road closures and bad weather. Most shippers and receivers communicate with drivers through it.

So it's definitely useful.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I've been solo about 3 months now and have not purchased a CB. Only times I wish I had a CB are when I pull into a shipper or consignee and here's a giant sign that says "TRUCKS TUNE TO CB CHANNEL XYZ FOR INSTRUCTIONS." But there is always a security shack in those situations anyway, so I get to go speak with someone face to face.

I would assume as winter comes closer CB becomes useful for finding out if roads are closed or there are accidents and so on. But I probably won't buy one anyway lol.

A CB is helpful in bad weather, but so is the weather band radio station.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Personally I think it makes absolutely no sense in the world not to have a CB radio. It has an "off" switch, you don't have to keep it on all the time. But when you need one, you really need one and they're priceless at times.

Not to mention, they're less than $200 for a really good one.

You want every tool you can possibly get out there - cell phone, atlas, GPS, CB radio - anything and everything that can help you get the job done. Get a CB.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Get a CB. You can get a decent Cobra 29 for around $100, and there are plenty of times I've thanked God I had one. Hearing that the license plate mounting bracket on my trailer had broken off and the license plate was dangling by the electrical cord for instance.

Besides, it can provide some entertainment. Every time I drive through the Chicago area I just love listening to all the badasses talk about how they're going to whip each other's butts at the next offramp or whatever. It's hilarious.

And it can make the miles go a helluva lot faster. I remember one night I chatted back and forth with another driver all the way from Cheyenne to the 80/84 split in Utah. Made those hours just fly by.

Get a CB.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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And it can make the miles go a helluva lot faster. I remember one night I chatted back and forth with another driver all the way from Cheyenne to the 80/84 split in Utah. Made those hours just fly by.

Many times over the years I would head out on an all night run and start talking with someone early in the night. Suddenly, before you knew it, the sun is coming up. Time really does fly when you can find some good conversation. Some of the best conversations I've ever been a part of in my life were with people I have never even met or had a look at. Just another driver trying to drive through til morning.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zen Joker's Comment
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Thanks for the feedback guys :)

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