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Truck Drivers Feeling the Effects of High Diesel Prices

Posted at: 10/10/2012 5:16 PM
Updated at: 10/10/2012 6:21 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We all know that with high gas prices, filling up can be pretty painful on our pocketbook.

Rochester City Delivery (RCD) has been in business for nearly 100 years, and they're no strangers to change.

"We were started in 1914 with horses. And my father was the first one who drove a delivery truck in Rochester," said Codey Kothenbeutel, the owner and president of RCD.

However, there's another change they're not happy with; fuel prices. With diesel prices averaging anywhere from $4.15 to $4.43 per gallon across southeast Minnesota, truck drivers are definitely feeling the effects.

"We get about six-point-two miles to the gallon with our semis. Of course, if you got 6.2 with your car, you wouldn't be very happy, would you?" said Kothenbeutel.

RCD's semis can hold about 300 gallons of fuel. With Diesel at $4.27 per gallon in Rochester, that can add up.

"Nine hundred dollars, a thousand dollars to fill your truck, sure," said Kothenbeutel.

It's not just truck drivers that are effected. Farmers, miners, and even some hospitals rely on diesel fuel. With prices climbing, some are holding out hope for the future, for a new kind of power.

"Now, natural gas is coming out, for fuels and so we probably would have to look at that," said Kothenbeutel.

But in the mean time.... "We want to see them go down, but there's nothing I can do. It's the way it is," said Kothenbeutel.

Rochester City Delivery officials say their fuel bill averages around $80,000 per month.