Gas shortage? Why gasoline may be harder to find in parts of the US this summer
With more and more people expected to hit the road as pandemic restrictions ease, one problem might be finding gas to fill up your tank.
Long Islanders like Karen Schooley, of Massapequa, says she's done being cooped up from the pandemic and is ready to hit the road.
"I'm planning on driving," says Schooley. "I don't know where, but I need to travel somewhere."
The National Tank Truck Carriers organization is warning that there is a shortage of tanker drivers, not actual gas. The group says as many as 25% of tank trucks could go idle, slowing down delivery.
"There is not a silver bullet that's going to cure this issue," says Ryan Streblow, of the National Tank Truck Carriers. "It's going to take continuous exposure to the general public."
Island Transportation Corp. in West Babylon is working to hire qualified drivers for its orange and black fleet of trucks. The company has been serving gas stations for 69 years.
"I don't see any of that this year," says Pete Fioretti, owner of Island Transportation Corp. "I don't see any of that happening."
Fioretti says tri-state stations should be OK when it comes to gas supplies this summer. He says it's always a challenge to find certified gasoline truck drivers, but the Northeast should be fine. Fioretti says it's other parts of the country where long-haul drivers are needed, and it could be an issue there.
"I know Florida can't find a driver, Texas can't find a driver. So the rest of the country is hurting looking for drivers more than we are," says Fioretti.
Experts say demand for gas in the Northeast has increased since restrictions have eased.