LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Gas prices have climbed again. AAA reports that in Kentucky, the average gas price is around $3.88 per gallon, which is up 8 cents from last week.

However, an even bigger jump is impacting those who use diesel.

According to AAA spokesperson Lori Weaver Hawkins, diesel prices right now sit at $5.14 per gallon, which is $0.21 higher on the week.

One couple, Michael and Lisa Howie, were traveling from Illinois to Tennessee Wednesday.

Howie said it’s costing them around $120 from empty to fill his diesel-fueled truck.

“We can’t do trips like we want to, we’re helping my brother move is the only reason why we’re doing this,” Howie said.

Making roughly a dozen or more stops from start to finish, Howie said his trip is costing a lot of money.

“Feels like its doubled the cost in the last two years, in the last year at least a quarter,” Howie said.

And that’s because it is.


According to US Energy statistics, diesel fuel is up $1.29 compared to this time last year.

“Right now we’re looking at $5.43 for the national average for diesel. Here in Kentucky, it’s a little lower at $5.14,” Hawkins said.

On top of the pain at the pump, more burdens are being passed down to consumers because diesel prices are driving inflation.

“We rely on trucking to get goods to us to dine out, go to the grocery store, have those packages delivered to our doorstep,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said geopolitical circumstances continue to move diesel prices upward, “We’ve got the Ukraine-Russian war. We’ve got China, and increase incidents of COVID, and closing the economy down in China, which is one of the world’s biggest consumers of crude oil.”

Regardless of the global circumstances, consumers like Howie said that it doesn’t make sense why diesel would cost this much present day.

“Diesel’s a byproduct, it’s the waste of gasoline, so why is diesel higher?” Howie said.

Truckers are also hurting as a result of the soaring diesel costs. One truck driver at the Loves Gas Stop in Madison County told FOX 56 News that pre-pandemic, his semi-truck costs were around $145,000 a year. Today, they are closer to a quarter of a million dollars.