Should I Get A CB Radio?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by arewethereyet1, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2011
    Laredo, TX
    I believe it to be essential safety equipment but a month or so ago a driver in Indiana who probably wouldn't agree topped a hill at full speed and ran into the back of a construction stopped line of trucks on a beautiful, sunny day. He died.
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  3. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    Therin lies the problem. Some old-schoolers still harken back to the day when everyone had their radio on because there wasn't all the garbage on it, and if there was an issue, those who knew were careful to broadcast the info to those who were nearing it. Today? Today this is not the case. Very few broadcast pertinent information and as such very many have opted to turn the radio off to avoid all the garbage that too often comes across, along with the LACK of quality information.

    I have given up on the CB for the most part. I utilize Google maps/traffic regularly to keep abreast of stop/slowed traffic ahead. It's simple, fast, accurate, and dependable ... drivers? not so much. And my truck and driving style is rarely going to get me in trouble with speed. So excuse me while I turn this thing OFF as soon as the BS starts and I'll turn it on when I feel like it.
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    FLATBED Road Train Member

    That's why all CB RADIOS have an ON / OFF switch to be used at the radio operators discretion
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  5. slim shady

    slim shady Road Train Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Chicago, Il.
    Ya tell that to the Prima driver who didn't have a radio.

    His keys ( house car? ) were sitting on the step on
    his fuel tank, drivers trying to tell him but no radio, even tried pulling up next to him waving keys to get his attention but he would not even acknowledge the driver.
    That's just one of dozens of reasons
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  6. Bikerboy

    Bikerboy Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    If you don't have your radio on, you are not a real trucker
  7. BrenYoda883

    BrenYoda883 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    I use my CB both ways... if I am westbound and pass an accident or something on the eastbound side.. I will turn up my radio and call it out to the eastbounders....

    Yeah I dont like to listen to the garbage on the CB... which is why I keep my turned down..

    I do k ow there have been many times when I didnt have a phone signal but could reach someone on the cb...
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  8. hawkjr

    hawkjr Road Train Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    if you have the newer Cobra's yes... and it will scary the hell out of you too. But there's an option to turn it off if it gets to annoying
  9. jsprocket

    jsprocket Heavy Load Member

    Nov 4, 2013
    Columbus, GA
    Ah know how. Was running across salt flats haven't heard a word for awhile all of a sudden loud as heck and made me jump.
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  10. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Did you know the radio has a squelch knob??
  11. SAMMY6969

    SAMMY6969 Medium Load Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    Yes allways hv another way to communacate!!
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