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Trucking companies have had a tough time hiring 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 and companies are upping pay, making the job easier, and opening it up to new kinds of drivers. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing

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Siphiwe Baleka (left) says he gained 15 pounds when he first started driving a truck; food was comfort and exercise was tough to come by. Trucking, he says, is "the most unhealthy occupation in America." Alex Smith hide caption

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Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

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Jed Brown drives 100 miles each day to work between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Cheaper gas is making his commute more manageable, but he doesn't expect the low prices to last. Uri Berliner/NPR hide caption

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For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

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