Drivers weigh in as skyrocketing gasoline costs result in extra ache on the pump in Lehigh Valley

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. – The consensus is in – gasoline costs have drivers hitting the pumps as little as they will.

“It is fairly astronomical and I am not liking it in any respect,” mentioned Chris Volpe, of Bethlehem.

“Gasoline costs are killing me proper now,” added Daniel McDonald, of Riegelsville.

“Possibly $4 I might be okay, possibly $4.02, however $4.19? That is ridiculous now,” mentioned Claudia Ewald, of Allentown.

It is all due to the latest worth spike, with the typical in Pennsylvania Friday sitting at over $4 a gallon, in keeping with Triple-A. That is a 12-cent bounce from Thursday’s common. The common within the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton space went as much as $4.03 Friday.

“I do not know what occurred the final two days,” Volpe mentioned.

“Selecting up further shifts simply to afford gasoline,” mentioned McDonald.

We spoke to the CEO of Venezia Bulk Transport, headquartered in Montgomery County, to listen to how this spike in gas prices is affecting their 500 vehicles and 1200 trailers throughout the nation.

“It has been an enormous subject for us,” mentioned CEO Andrew Venezia. “It is positively hurting our margins.”

Sadly, which means increased prices for his or her clients.

“Their prices are being elevated, which we’ll should go alongside, it sort of trickles down,” mentioned Frank Venezia, Director of Operations at Venezia Inc.

“When every part else goes up and now we have to return and say now we have to cost you much more due to the gas costs,” Andrew mentioned.

So, what precisely does this imply for the longer term?

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“We’re bracing for them to go up, however let’s hope that does not occur,” Andrew mentioned.

I requested the person drivers what the will increase imply for his or her future driving plans. One says they will not be happening to the shore as a lot as they normally do in the summertime, whereas one other says they may even resort to taking the bus if the rise continues.