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Just getting by as economy worsens

WASHINGTON — When long-haul trucker Rusty Wade pulled his rig into a Missouri truck stop recently, he noticed something strange.

Walter R. ‘Rusty’ Wade of Brundidge, Ala., sits in his tractor-trailer unit at a truck stop in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Friday.

Of the 50 or so 18-wheelers parked in the lot, only five had their engines idling.

“That’s only because of the high price of fuel,” said Wade, an independent owner-operator from Brundidge, Ala. “A year ago there would only be about five that weren’t running.”

But with diesel fuel at more than $4.20 per gallon, Wade not only shuts his engine down to save money. He’s also cut his average road speed from 60 to 56 mph. More from The Times Leader

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May 4, 2008 - Posted by | economy, trucking | , ,

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