Uber and DoorDash drivers hurt by rising gas prices

DENVER (KDVR) – Drivers have been shocked while driving by petrol prices in recent days.

According to AAA, the national average is about $4.06 per gallon. The Colorado average is generally lower than the national average, the Colorado average is around $3.75 per gallon.

These prices have greatly redesigned their budget, especially those who drive for a living. These days, filling the tank can empty a wallet.

“It’s crazy,” Kelly Portlock said. “I just filled up before coming here and stopped at $77, and it wasn’t full.”

“I drive a Chevy Colorado, and it’s about $70, usually $50,” Randy Drinkwater said.

Kelly Portlock is a stay-at-home mom of three. She is a DoorDash driver a few days a week to earn extra income.

“The car I have is a big gas guzzler anyway,” Portlock said. “I don’t really have a choice to buy a small car.”

Randy Drinkwater drives Uber full time. He’s also noticed the price changes, but he can’t put the brakes on – it’s his livelihood.

“It’s really all about the hustle and bustle, you know. I get up in the morning and don’t leave until I’ve reached a certain goal for the day,” Drinkwater said. “That’s how it is. Sometimes I have to not go out to eat every day to save money.

“I really have to cut some things down too,” Drinkwater added.

Portlock, however, could completely change course.

“If it keeps going up, I feel like it wouldn’t be worth it for me, because I’m just leaving my kids at home to pay for gas, which I don’t want to do,” Portlock said.

Uber sent out a statement saying they were working to save drivers money, using an app called GetUpside to save a little at the pump.

“We know higher prices at the pump can be a challenge, which is why we recently launched a new feature that helps drivers save up to 25 cents per gallon through cashback with GetUpside,” Uber said. . “Our platform only works if it works for drivers, so we will continue to monitor gas prices and listen to drivers over the coming weeks.”

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