Gas Prices Up, Up and Away

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While the high cost of gas is painful for all of us, it hurts those who drive for a living the most.

The average truck driver travels thousands of miles in a week, and when diesel fuel is $2.50 a gallon, the gas bill adds up quickly.

They're not the only ones who pay. Those high prices are passed along to you, the consumer.

James Fenderson puts about 3,500 miles a week on his big rig. The more miles, the better the business, usually, but lately the higher gas prices mean more miles eat up his profits.

"The freight rates are the same, but the fuel rates are double," said Fenderson. "So it all comes out of your pocket."'

And eventually, out of all of our pockets. Fenderson, like other truckers and trucking companies, has to make a profit to stay afloat. That means they have to ask their customers to pay more.

"It's kind of tough that you have to come back and ask for price increases, but you do that or you go home," said Tommy Strickland.

And when truckers' customers have to pay more for delivery, they have to pass that cost right on to the average consumer. It's a vicious cycle that ends with everyone having to foot the bill.

"If the price goes to $10.00 a gallon, we'll have to raise our prices so we can make a living," Strickland said. "And all that does is roll right back down to the consumer."

When Newscenter 11 talked with Fenderson, he could only afford to pump about a quarter of a tank, but that costs him $100. He says if prices get any higher, he's not sure what he'll do.

"It's hard to say. (I) might have to work for somebody else. It's hard to say," Fenderson admitted.

And it's also hard to say when the rising prices will finally stop.

Prices are high and rising here in Meridian, but they're still below the state and national averages.

National - $2.53
Mississippi - $2.46
Meridian - $2.43

For more information about the state of gas prices, visit www.mississippigasprices.com.


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