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Professional truck drivers, particularly owner/operators, collectively breathed a sigh of relief last year when fuel prices began to decline. The problem is that today, even if fuel was free, the industry is facing some of the biggest challenges it's ever seen, brought on by the recession plaguing businesses of every size in every industry. It's the fundamental law of supply and demand. Tight credit restricts buyers who need financing to buy goods. As spending is reined in, purchasing declines and with it the number of loads that need to be hauled-the demand part of the equation. On top of that, more drivers are competing for fewer loads, so the supply of transportation options far exceeds the demand for it. Even if a driver can find a load to haul, because of the intense competition for work, the shipper can easily negotiate lower prices making many runs unprofitable before the truck even leaves the loading dock. It's a vicious cycle, and soon truckers will be happy if they can get one trip per month.
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