LAS VEGAS (KLAS)— Gas prices are at an all-time high in southern Nevada as the state’s gas prices have reached the second-highest in the nation.
Those who drive for a living, like rideshare drivers, are feeling the effects. How are they coping?
Joe Vaughn has been an Uber driver for 5 years and said the cost of gas has put a substantial dent in his wallet, but as a retiree, he doesn’t feel like he has another alternative.
“Three months ago, I paid $35 dollars to fill the tank, and yesterday I paid $66 dollars to fill the tank. I’m working more hours and walking away with less money,” explained Vaughn. “These are the highest gas prices anybody has seen in years, but it doesn’t deter me, because this is what I do and I don’t have a lot of options. If I don’t do this, what am I going to go do?”
At the rideshare staging area on Paradise Road and Tropicana Avenue, rideshare drivers like Robert gather as they wait for a pickup request. Robert told 8 News Now the current gas prices are affecting the way he drives.
“If I have a pick-up spot and it’s three or more miles, I can’t pick it up anymore because the cost of gas is too high. We are not compensated for the drive to the pick up spot,” he explained.
As for the upcoming summer months, Robert said his vehicle is allowing him to say in business, but due to the gas price surge, he will be changing some of the ways he operates.
“I will stay in it, but I have a hybrid vehicle so I’m better off than a lot of other drivers and I’m going to be more calculated in the times I drive from now on,” Robert said.