Tough week for delivery drivers as affordable gas is still hard to find

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — With gas stations in our area out of gas, and prices high where there is a supply, it’s been a tough week for businesses that rely on deliveries.

“I am so grateful that it did not happen last week because we had all our Mother’s Day orders,” said Debbie Miller, owner of Bloom by Doyle’s Florist and Gifts.

She says her store is now heading into prom and wedding season, on top of the year-round services they provide.

“We have sympathy deliveries and thinking of you, all during the pandemic.”

Miller says they make about 35 deliveries a day. Fortunately, they haven’t run out of gas yet.

“Yesterday, one driver did tell me that every gas station he passed was unavailable until he got out into the country, and he found one sort of off the beaten path.”

Anna Smith is an independent contractor, delivering food for DoorDash.

“I was lucky enough to get gas before all this started,” she said. “I’m starting to get low though.”

Smith says the demand this week was as high as ever.

“I think it was considerably a little bit more busy because people were probably trying to at least stay home as much as possible to conserve on gas.”

However, she also says she’s had to make tough choices this week and turn down orders with far delivery distances.

“No offense to the people who live far away,” she said, lamenting her inability to reach them. “It just depends on your gas.”

Smith also says she and other drivers survive on tips they receive and asks people to keep in mind gas prices when they order delivery and select tip amounts.

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