Rising gas prices affecting delivery drivers - WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio

Rising gas prices affecting delivery drivers


Filling up a tank of gas gets more painful literally by the hour, since Thursday night at 10 p.m. gas jumped 20 cents up to $3.89 Friday, and that's up 60 cents from less than a month ago.

And it's especially painful for those who have to use their own cars for work.

WGEM spoke to one delivery driver today at Jimmy John's who says he's definitely feeling the pain of rising gas prices.

Josh Lawless is a delivery driver for Jimmy Johns in Quincy, and when gas goes up the money he gets to take home goes down.

That's because Lawless has to pay for his own gas.

And he says only making minimum wage and getting a 5% return on deliveries, just isn't enough to lessen the sting.

"It's a big pain, $40 a week usually. My car is an 11 gallon tank so it's going up. Sometimes two times a week so that's $80 out of my pocket," said Lawless.

And because Lawless depends on his car to make money, cutting back on his driving, isn't an option.

"If it's close to $3 a gallon I'll be like 'ok this is a good time to fill up and sometimes I just be like 'well, it's now or never," said Lawless.

Will Aubuchon is a co-owner of Jimmy John's in Quincy says his company is feeling the sting of rising gas prices, but assures customers, that extra cost won't be passed on to them.

"We just absorb it for the most part, you know. The busier we are then that kind of helps out a lot, definitely," said Aubuchon.

And as for Lawless, he just hopes the upward trend in gas prices doesn't continue.

"If it keeps going up, I'm going to have to invest in a scooter that's going to be the number one priority," said Lawless.

Unfortunately for Lawless, that scooter may be in the near future, as experts believe gas prices will continue to rise for the next few months.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Woodworth at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.