The fifth wheel is a
round plate above the
drive tires that
together] the trailer to the truck.
"Fingerprinting" is a slang term for
unloading a truck by hand. A driver who is unloading
his/her truck by hand has to put his/her fingers on
each box unloaded - leaving behind the driver's
A flatbed trailer is a giant
platform on wheels (think skateboard!!) without sides.
Freight is loaded on the platform and is tied
down with straps.
Tarps are used to cover the load and keep out
rain and snow.
A forklift is small vehicle with two
power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid
under heavy pallets and then raised for moving.
Forklifts are used to stack materials in warehouses.
Freight is anything put in or on a
Fuel is an energy source for engines.
It is burned in order to create power.
A fuel desk is a busy place inside a
truckstop where drivers come to: pay for their fuel;
buy oil and other accessories for their truck; pick
up faxes and permits from their company; get cash
advances; get weight receipts for the certified
scales; pick up keys and towels for a shower.
A fuel island is a
place where drivers pull their trucks and trailers
in to get fuel. Drivers can also wash off the
truck windshields, lights and mirrors for better
vision. Most fuel islands are covered to keep
drivers out of the rain while they take care of