Diesel prices slow to come down

Truckers say high diesel costs siphoning their paychecks

SAN ANTONIO - Juan Arevalo's been in the driver's seat of his big rig for 15 years, but now diesel prices have him in a tight squeeze.

"Paying out of pocket (is) very expensive," he said while pumping $3.99-per-gallon fuel into his truck.

It cost him $401 just to top off a tank.

For independent drivers like Arevalo, it's a rough road with diesel still flirting with $4 per gallon locally.   

"I see the price of gas go down, but diesel doesn't," he said.

While the price of a gallon of unleaded has dropped by 25 cents in the past month, a gallon of diesel has decreased by a nickel.

The average price of diesel locally is $3.82, 12 cents higher than the same time last year.

The primary reason for prices remaining high is increased global demand for diesel fuel and other distillates, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Diesel prices have been in the climbing lane for more than three years, and that has many truckers fuming.

"I used to have money in my pocket, and now?" said longtime truck driver Armando Lara, shaking his head.

While truckers feel the pain first, ultimately the increases get passed along to consumers by way of higher prices of most everything that transported by truck.

As for Arevalo, he'll keep on trucking while watching the dollars go up at the pump and go down at home.

"Like I tell my kids, no more (video) games, no more toys," he said. "It's a sad fact we can't do that for them (any) more."

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