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Commercial drivers feeling gas pump pain

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Southern Nevada gas prices have been steadily inching upward for at least a month. With typical prices hovering around $3.64 a gallon in the valley, commercial drivers are really feeling the crunch.

Cab and truck drivers are seeing their profits go right back into their gas tanks.

"It's horrible. It hurts anyone driving one of these because we pay basically half the gas," said cab driver Brent Lloyd.

Despite the steep prices, Lloyd has been able to recoup some money by driving a hybrid automobile.

"That's where it's the best car," he said. "$15 to $17 a day can't really hurt you."

AAA said the cost of gasoline has increased 19 cents nationally in the past week, primarily because refineries are switching from winter to summer fuel. The summer variety is more expensive to produce.

"To fill up you are looking at about $700 to $900, which I rarely do," said truck driver Al Tenzy. "I just get enough to get from point A to B."

Although prices in Las Vegas are high, they could be worse. Drivers in Hawaii are paying an average of $4.28 per gallon.

To make the gas you purchase stretch a little, try accelerating slowly. Also, try to keep your vehicle at or under the speed limit.  

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