Rising gasoline prices affect us all, but those who depend on their personal vehicles as part of their careers may struggle with prices at the pump exceeding $ 3 a gallon.

“It doesn’t seem like it was worth doing it anymore,” said Michael Grigsby, a former DoorDash and AmazonFlex employee. “I was paying too much out of my pocket to keep up.”

The national average price of gas at this time last year was $ 2.11. Fast forwarding a year later, we are seeing a national average of $ 3.39.

Grigsby actually had to quit his job to work for an Amazon DSP where he doesn’t have to use his own car.

“When I started doing it, right before the election, gasoline prices weren’t that bad, so I was making enough money,” Gigsby explained. “And then after the election and with COVID-19, gas prices got pretty high.”

Art Shannon works for several delivery apps like UBEReats, DoorDash, Spark, PointPickup.

“We have to choose what is going to be the best and the fastest to stay on the road and keep making money,” Shannon said.

He told 21 News that due to rising gas prices, he would not take an order for less than $ 2 per mile.

“It’s hard for us to take a $ 4 DoorDash order because they’ve lowered their base pay,” Shannon said. “A lot of places have lowered their base salary, so it’s harder for us to work.”

It has a ripple effect. Places like Belleria on Wick rely on DoorDash as part of their income.

“I didn’t expect so much, but it’s now 20 to 30 orders a day,” said Michael Liberato, owner of Belleria on Wick Ave. “It will grow part of the business.”

Grigsby added that gasoline prices would have to hit around $ 2 for him to return to using his personal car to work full time.