In Indiana, prices range from $3.27 in Franklin to about $3.59 in Zionsville. With predictions of $5 by the summer, many people said they are already worried, especially small businesses. Filling up is starting to make a dent in the bottom line. Some local businesses are now being smart about getting to the job.
“Driving is a big part of this job,” said Tracy Thorton of Senior Helpers.
Thorton drives from client to client helping the elderly do the things they need so they can stay in their homes. She does everything from helping with cleaning to driving to doctors’ appointments and pharmacies.
Thorton said a lot of her job is keeping her clients company.
"We've gone down to Nashville and places like that, but it's a little more limited now.”
With gas creeping up toward $4 a gallon, Tracy said she’s noticed a $40-$50 a week difference on what she has to spend to get to her clients.
Dean Jones, the owner of Senior Helpers has made some small changes to help fight that increasing cost,
“We try our best to get a caregiver for a client that is fairly close so that caregiver doesn’t have to travel so far,” he said.
"Everything that we operate needs fuel,” said Nick Fiano, Owner of Fiano Landscapes.
Fiano said he’s attacking the higher gas prices with better planning.
“Instead of sending three or four trucks out to a job site we'll just send one.”
Business is booming for Fiano Landscapes. He said more families are putting their money into their homes instead of big vacations. Right now, it’s important for him to stay competitive and the extra planning is saving him money and keeping costs stable.
“We can notice a $5,000 to $10,000 difference fuel bill at the end of the year.”
Dean Jones at Senior Helpers said he is also planning to do everything he can to keep costs down. He said it’s important to make sure his clients can afford the service he provides.
“I know we will do everything we can so that the clients can continue to afford this type of service.”
Senior Helpers said if prices get really high, they are already looking into some other options to reduce costs. One example, changing client schedules to one with more hours per day and fewer days to save on gas costs.