The CB Is Your Best Source

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Thomas M.'s Comment
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While i have been out there and keep in mind i am still a rookie, i have noticed that a lot of people do not have their radio on. The CB is your best friend. Sure there is a lot of chatter at times but i use it as a source of what is happening in front of me as well as to warn others of potential hazards. Please use it!!

We are all out there doing the same job and need to look out for each other.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I turned it off 15 years ago. The trash that was coming across the air and the BS takes your concentration away from what you need to be doing. I will turn it on when it seems to become congested, but only to see if I need to change lanes. When I was a kid it was fun to listen to the truckers banter back and forth. With the trash today, just not something I want to listen to.

Troy V.'s Comment
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I leave mine off as well. No need to listen to that garbage on there all day long. If i see something I need to warn someone about Ill turn it on and say something. Or if I hit a lot of traffic Ill turn it on to see if there is any talk as to why there is a traffic jam. Other then that its off with all the pointless nonsense going on in there lol.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I always run my radio. Saved me many hours of sitting as I knew well a head of time that there was going to be issues before I got down to it.

Biggest pet peeve concerning the radio....People talk about an accident or something up ahead for the last 40 miles then when we get to the area people turn on their radio and ask what is going go.....

WTF!!!??? Who drives a truck into an area and does not know what is going on especially when it's being broadcasted almost an hour a head of time? That is irresponsible. People should always have some kind of idea of what going on a head of them at least 30 minutes to an hour before hand. Even if things change up a head before you get there you will have a heads up for possible problems.

I figure people can't get mad if they refuse to find out what's going on and then they turn their radios on and ask "What's going on?" When no one will tell them. People everywhere ,not just trucking, live in and with ignorance until something happens that effects them directly then what to cop an attitude because no one told them anything before hand.

What makes matters worse out here on the road is failure to read signs. Let's take the radio out of the equation For a minute. There will be many times miles and miles of signs and Electric signs saying what lane to be in WAY before they get to the area but people think that signs are for decorating the road sides I guess. And of course it happens all over again..they come over the radio asking what's going on even though there was 10 miles worth of signs.

I can not feel sorry for people that refuse to ever turn on the radio and gets mad cause on one tells them anything.

Troy V.'s Comment
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So far I have had no problem with anyone telling me what is going on ahead when I ask. Its a little more irresponsible having all the pointless conversations that go on on the damn thing. If you wanna chat with someone figure out another station to go to and talk over there.

Starcar's Comment
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We would turn our cb on when we hit the bigger cities, during the winter, for road conditions, congested traffic, etc. I'd listen to it for entertainment at truck stops sometimes, but mostly it was just disgusting....It has its uses, and we used it for those.


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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Honestly you can run for hours and not hear one person talking on the radio. I see no issue with people talking on it as long as they give it a break To let Others Ask A Question When They Need to. Since the FCC no longer regulates Citizens Band radio and you no longer have to have a Tech license Pretty much anyone can talk on the radio.

Starcar's Comment
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Yup...I had to pass a test on Morse code to get my first cb license....go figure...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I think that's always been a problem. You want to keep the radio on so you know what's going on but the trash talk gets old in a hurry. I tried to keep mine on as much as possible and would keep it down low most of the time. But of course at times I just couldn't take another minute of it and would cut it off for a while.

A CB radio is one the best tools a trucker has. It's also great for entertainment or to pass the time with a good conversation. Unfortunately it's also the platform every loud-mouth idiot uses to broadcast their loud-mouth idiocy. I guess every rose has its thorn.

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