I go to Northern California from Albuquerque and back several times a year. I noticed on a trip earlier this year that traffic was much lighter than normal. Yesterday I returned from my Mother's day trip there. There is no doubt that traffic has significantly reduced in the last year. This also includes big trucks. It also would seem that the truckers that remain are not the ones that we would label "less than competent". It appears to me that the trucking industry has found out a way to keep their better drivers and let the poorer ones go to another line of work. So if you had plans to ride across I-40 as well as north on I-5 in California don't let your concerns about the truck traffic hold you back. In this economy it is not the same I-40 that we westerners have learned to hate. But WATCH YOUR SPEED. New Mexico, Arizona and California police are out in force and they are writing tickets. I have never seen so many stopped vehicles as I have on this last trip.