Diesel prices affect everyone

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Updated: 2/24/2012 6:26 pm

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Imagine if you paid more than four hundred dollars a day just to drive around!

"Just today I was looking at a sign and it's jumped up to $4.03 a gallon," said George Miers, a trucker.

It's routine for Miers, as he drives over a thousand miles a day for Schneider.  He just hopes the rising diesel prices don't affect his wallet.

"I don't know what in the long run that will do for our pay raises and things," Miers said.

But Arkansas Trucking Association President Lane Kidd said prices will affect everyone until major changes come along.

"One of our complaints has been if we have the technology to build engines for cars to get twenty and twenty five miles to the gallon, why can't we find truck engines that would get us 10 to 12 miles a gallon?" Kidd asked.

Most of the trucks only get about six miles a gallon!

"They (the company) want us to idle and watch our speed and help cut costs," Miers said.

The cost is pushing industry leaders to consider switching over to natural gas which costs under two dollars a gallon.

"We're now seeing announcements made that natural gas pumping stations will be available across the country so a trucking company will be able to refuel, which today is the impediment," Kidd said.

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