Driver shortage leads to inflated gas prices
LINCOLN, Neb. (CNN) — AAA says more than 43 million Americans will hit the road this Fourth of July weekend.
But, if you’re one of them it might be tough to find gas.
With a shortage of tank-truck drivers, coupled with the recent travel surge, the gas industry is experiencing supply-chain bottlenecks and shortages.
Several areas, including the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, are already reporting shortages.
The trade group National Tank Truck Carriers report somewhere between 20-25% of tank trucks are sitting idle across the country.
Industry insiders say there were driver shortages before the pandemic, but lockdowns forced even more drivers to retire or change jobs.
This has also inflated prices at the pump, which are the highest they’ve been since 2014. The current national average is $3.10 per gallon.