Higher gas prices affect those who offer ride-sharing: 'It straight takes from our income'

According to Gas Buddy, prices are nearly 50-cents higher now than the average one year ago.

Posted: May. 14, 2018 11:11 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Higher prices at the gas pump can be a concern for drivers, especially those who offer ride-sharing.

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The average price of a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $2.73. According to Gas Buddy, prices are nearly 50-cents higher now than the average one year ago.

Gordon Barker drives for both Uber and Lyft. He said drivers like him have been noticing the uptick, and it's having a negative effect on ride-sharing profits.

"The bottom line is, it straight takes from our income," Barker said. "As the prices increase, we just make less and less money."

It's not uncommon for gas prices to rise with travel holidays, like Memorial Day, approaching.

Experts predict that prices could reach over three dollars per gallon by the Fourth of July.

Barker said prices like that may affect distances drivers are willing to drive, as well as availability.

"What the drivers will be hoping for is good surges," Barker said, "and good income and good tips because that's really where we're going to be making our money."

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