Enlarge / A shortage of qualified tanker truck drivers may lead to rising gas prices this summer. (credit: Driendl Group/Getty Images)
There are more than 1.8 million truck drivers in the US, but even so, it’s not enough. On Tuesday, the National Tank Truck Carriers raised the alarm, warning that if more people don’t start driving trucks soon, the nation might experience fuel shortages and price increases.
In a more normal year, perhaps 10 percent of the country’s fuel tankers might be idle, but NTTC says that number is between 20–25 percent in 2021. “We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that