Simply in time for the fourth, fuel stations are affected by a scarcity of supply drivers – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
If you are planning on taking to the streets on July 4th, you may come across this on your trip.
But experts say you don’t have to worry. There is no shortage of gas; In fact, refineries are producing at almost record levels. There are just not enough drivers for the gas deliveries.
“The offer is great. It’s just the logistics of getting it to the retailer’s underground tank the last mile, ”said Scot Imus, Executive Director of the Indiana Food & Fuel Association.
Therefore, any so-called deficiency in a single station should only be short-lived. It’s just a matter of waiting for the next truck to show up.
“If your favorite station is out of fuel at this hour, he or she may be able to have it in the following hour or the next day,” said Imus.
Experts say it’s a problem that has been brewing for some time. A workforce that was about 10% below need in 2019 is now 20-25% below need, in part because the coronavirus pandemic has laid off many drivers who have since found another job and pushed others to to take early retirement.
Patrick De Haan, Head of Oil Analysis GasBuddy said that since the job requires not only a commercial driver’s license but also a hazardous goods license, the turnaround won’t come immediately for more drivers, even if trucking companies raise wages and offer incentives of up to $ 15,000.
“The incentive is there, but you can’t get tank truck drivers certified for dangerous goods onto the road overnight. It will take some time, ”said De Haan.
While anyone can be affected at any time, it is more the smaller stations that rely on third-party vendors and that sometimes require 72 hours lead time for a delivery, which is unknown under normal conditions.
“You could see a laundry list of customers waiting to be refueled,” said De Haan. “You can take the highest bidder.”
Still, both men agree that consumers shouldn’t have to worry.
“That’s not something I worry about,” said De Haan.
“There is no need to panic,” added Imus.
Just give yourself a few extra minutes and a few extra miles to make sure you find gasoline when you need it most.
“The best thing to do is to go down the street to the next station. It will probably have gas, ”said De Haan.
The holiday travel weekend starts on Thursday. Nearly 48 million Americans are expected to travel, the second highest number on record, after just 2019. Gasoline prices are higher than they have been in seven years.