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Rising Gas Prices Putting Strain On Services

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Gas prices are up - and they're expected to continue their climb through the summer.
    For most of us - it means we'll be more conscious of our driving - and try to conserve where possible - and turn to alternative modes of transportation, like, ride sharing.
Megan Tyler: "I would just go out on an evening and drive around and it was easily that I was driving 100 miles just within the Joplin area."
Megan Tyler drives for Lyft.
Any given night she'd load up - check the app - and look for customers.
Now - Tyler is checking the app - to look for other Lyft drivers.
Too many means she may not get enough riders to help cover the costs of driving.
She also looks at other factors.
Tyler: "If there's any activities that are going on tonight that could basically give me the reasoning that i should go out and drive."
With the rising prices, Tyler says she's significantly cut back on the amount of time she's out driving - and is beginning to look at limiting the evenings she's on the road.
Tyler: "If I still have friends that are out there, because they would always ask me, since I became a driver, 'hey, are you going to be out tonight' and I'll still probably go out and drive because of those reasonings."
Tyler says that's one of her main reasons for continuing to drive, even if she is reducing the time on the road - safety.
Tyler: "I want that safe alternative, I don't want friends to make bad choices."
Tyler says if gas prices continue to rise, she'll have to look at cutting back even more on the rides she offers.

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