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Diesel Fuel Tops $4, But Truckers Keep Filling Up

Crude oil prices are at record highs and four dollar gas isn't far away for most drivers.

However, if you are a truck driver, you are already paying that and even more in some places.

Bobby Franze has been drving trucks for 26 years and he says it has never been this bad.

"It's pretty high," Franze said.

Tthe average price for unleaded fuel is $3.15, the average cost for diesel fuel is $3.90 and truckers fear it's only going to get worse.

 It's going to cost people a lot of money to get their food anything else they want because if you got it, we brought it," Franze said.

Just two years ago Bobby Franze owned a trucking company with five rigs and several drivers but after the surge in diesel fuel, he's now the employee instead of the employer.

"The fuel prices were going up faster than I could keep the fuel surcharge on the customers. I couldn't keep the rates up enough to pay for my trucks, my drivers, maintenance and everything else. So I had a choice, go out and work for somebody else and not having to worry about it or keeping my trucks," said Franze.

According to Triple A, last month the average price per gallon was $3.83 cents, last year it was $2.74 per gallon.

"It's kind of like our second round and round since the 70s," said Keith Lumsden.

Lumsden has been driving for about a year but unlike his peers, he's not worried about the cost of gas, especially when he recalls the gas lines of the 1970s.

"I haven't seen a gas line. I haven't seen people storing it in their house. They were doing it back then," Lumsden said.

That's why Lumsden says he won't complain. Instead he will just keep filling up like most Americans hoping that they will soon find relief at the pump.  

The high cost of diesal fuel is also creating a ripple effect throughout the rest of the economy. Things like construction materials and vegetables at the grocery store are all shipped by trucks.

 So an increase in fuel prices mean an increased cost for businesses and businesses are already passing on those costs to consumers through higher prices.

By Elise Roberts

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