Kickback of gas prices fall on consumers

POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- We all feel anxious lately when pulling up to the gas pump. But what if the meter seemed to never stop ticking?

"I can just see the numbers, the price, the amount never stops, and the fuel is just less," said Semi-truck driver Juan Rivera.

Truckers like Rivera pay nearly $1,000 a day to fill their tanks when it normally costs just half that.

"I'm worried because everything goes up except your pay rates. Usually it tries to level, but here it doesn't go that much," said Rivera.

Tony Falcone owns and operates his truck. So the money comes right out of his pocket.

"It means a lot because it cuts into our income," said Falcone.

Now when these guys fill up, the pressure is on as the meter ticks past $500, $600, and even past $800 a day, but we all pay the price.

Trucks deliver almost everything we buy whether that be groceries, clothes and everything in between.

Paul McCaney has been driving a truck load of groceries for nine years and says when gas prices go up,  the company raises the price of whatever is being delivered.

"When they go to put a little bit in the fuel tank they may see it hurt a little bit, but then once they go to the grocery store and see that the milk is like $6 a gallon now instead of $3, it's going to come. It's going to come. There's no choice," said McCaney.

It affects more than McCaney's job.

"I got a family too, and I know when at home, when my family goes to the grocery store, we are going to have to pay. You're going to have to pay more and more and more," said McCaney.

If you're looking for prices to go down, experts say don't expect it any time soon.

Gas prices aren't expected to go below $3 this year.


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