February 2, 2009

Trucking 101

In a previous post I gave you a trucker's dictionary of sorts. Well I remembered three words that got left out. Here they are:

meat wagon - ambulance
gator - a chunk of tire or rubber laying in the road
zipper - the dashed line between two lanes

"South bound, you got a gator on the zipper."

Did you know that road numbers not only identify which road your on, but also the direction of the road?
All odd number roads run north and south. For instance I-5 goes from southern California to Washington state.
All even number roads run east to west. Interstate 80 runs from New York City to San Francisco. This rule applies to national highways as well.

Furthermore, the number also indicates its relative location in the country. Lets start with the even numbers running east to west, and look at the far south. The smaller numbers start at the bottom of the country and the further north you go, the higher the numbers. Interstate 8 runs along the US/Mexican border. Further north if I-10, I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90, and I-94 runs across North Dakota and other northern states.
As for the roads that run north to south, if you start in California, you'll find I-5. Moving eastward the numbers increase. Interstate 15 runs from Los Angelas into norther Montana, followed by I-25, I-35, I-55, I-57, I-65, I-75, I-81, and I-95 runs up the eastern seaboard.

So there you go. A little trucking and geography lesson rolled into one.

Next lesson: Weigh Stations

1 comment:

Meagan said...

Loving the lessons! :-) Just little random facts to pick up and use later! :-)