Truck driver Jimmy Mayes holds his chihuahua, Coco, while waiting to pick up a load at a truck stop Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Atlanta. Even amid a struggling economy with high unemployment, trucking companies had a tough time hiring young drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years as the economy recovers and demand for goods increases, an expert in the inner-workings of supply chains said in a report Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Truck driver Jimmy Mayes holds his chihuahua, Coco, while waiting to pick up a load at a truck stop Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Atlanta. Even amid a struggling economy with high unemployment, trucking companies had a tough time hiring young drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years as the economy recovers and demand for goods increases, an expert in the inner-workings of supply chains said in a report Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Truck driver Jimmy Mayes holds his chihuahua, Coco, while waiting to pick up a load at a truck stop Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Atlanta. Even amid a struggling economy with high unemployment, trucking companies had a tough time hiring young drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years as the economy recovers and demand for goods increases, an expert in the inner-workings of supply chains said in a report Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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