CHEYENNE — Truck drivers are flocking to Cheyenne to fill up their tanks because of its low diesel prices.
Filling stations at exit 7 on Interstate 25 were packed with truckers over the holiday weekend. Diesel is selling at around $4 a gallon, among the lowest in the country. Some locations were below $4 on Tuesday.
Some truckers said they had driven as much as 50 miles out of their way to fill up. Others plan their route to include a fill up in Cheyenne.
Harold Collins bought 200 gallons of fuel on Monday and said he saved between $60 and $70 by coming to Cheyenne.
U.S. Energy Information Agency projected in July the average retail price of on-highway diesel through December 2012 to be $3.62 per gallon, and for the average in 2013 - $3.58 per gallon.
The current nationwide average is $4.10 and Wyoming’s average is $4.12, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.
Gillette’s average diesel price Tuesday morning was $4.16, with the highest one at $4.19, but some truck drivers believe it’s not worth making an extra loop to fill up the truck.
“Diesel prices are about the same all over, within a nickel all the way across,” said Ivan Jorgensen, who drove to Gillette from Nebraska.
It takes about 200 gallons of diesel to fill up an average truck. With fuel consumption of 5 to 7 miles per gallon, that will suffice for about 1,400 miles. And while the rising diesel prices don’t necessarily affect shipment volumes, they do affect the consumers.
“The consumer is the one who is taking it there. It’s the same as buying an apple for $25 today and buying it for $30 tomorrow,” said Gary Wethington, another truck driver from Nebraska who stopped in Gillette. “The consumer pays for it sooner or later.”