St. Louis, Missouri 2021-05-05 13:49:00 –
San Diego (CBS News Pass)-Gasoline prices are rising as more Americans are on the road. At the same time, there is a concern that the gas supply will be delayed due to the shortage of truck drivers.
“Many drivers retired early in COVID and were scheduled to retire in the coming years, resulting in a sudden drop in supply and increased demand,” said President Bradball of the Loadmaster Driver School.
In addition to the problem, many driving schools closed during the pandemic. Then they had to implement the rules of social distance when they resumed.
Western Truck School in Sacramento, California has half of the regular students. “We had to schedule more training because of the large number of people on the track,” said Mike Knoll, who runs the school.
A shortage of truckers is expected to affect the delivery of goods, including gas, this summer. Fuel prices plummeted during last year’s pandemic. But now things are back to normal. The national average for a gallon of gas in May 2020 was $ 1.78, but is now up to $ 2.92.
“There are no shortages,” said AAA’s Jeanette McGee. “Delivery delays affected a small number of markets last month.” It will be higher this summer.
However, it takes some time to fuel the pump. It can lead to a tight supply in some places. “It’s more likely to occur in popular travel destinations such as beaches and mountains,” McGee said.
McGee said there was no reason to worry too much. The shortages may be scattered in the coming months, but it’s still easy to find and fill the gas.
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