Truckers’ Gas

With soaring gas prices, the trucking industry is having a bumpy ride. As they battle record costs, it's a price that could trickle down to the rest of us.

Lewis Frazeir says it would cost him about $100 less to fill up his rig a few months ago, and because of the rise in fuel cost, his company has given out some suggestions for travel.

Lewis says, "They're asking us not to idle our trucks as often, keep our windows down in the evening time instead of using the air conditioner."

But many drivers are independent contractors and their fuel cost comes right out of their pocket.

Larry Goode, an independent trucker, says, “They used to give us a little extra for fuel, but it's not enough. Fuel prices change every two days in all the truck stops."

Larry Goode says the days of the independent trucker could be numbered.

"We're not making any money right now, barely making it; one more little raise on the fuel will be the end of all of us."

Gil Beanes says it’s worse on the west coast and he can't understand why.

Gil says, “I'm so fed up with seeing the difference in price and I'm fed up with our president not doing anything about it. I know that he can do something about it by putting a freeze on the tariff.”

That may be a temporary solution, but for now we're all paying.

"Because the prices at Wal-Mart and the grocery stores are going up, so we're charging more for freight because we have to pay more for gasoline or diesel."

According to the Truckers’ Web Journal, over 64 percent of the U.S. freight is hauled by truckers. Experts say gas prices haven't had a tremendous effect of food cost yet. Food cost only went up .3 percent last month. Its biggest increase of the year was February when produce saw a 10 percent hike.


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