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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

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

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