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Gasoline prices are stinging American workers who depend on their cars

DETROIT. High gas prices force Wallace Reed to look for a new career.

Reid, who works for Uber and Lyft in New York, fills up his Lexus at least three times a week. It pays about $95 each time, which is about double what it was last year. To compensate, he drives more often, but he also applies for other jobs that don’t require his car.

“It’s more hours, more stress,” he said. “New York is not an easy city to work in and it affects our lives.”

Reed is not alone. The millions of Americans who rely on their cars for work are changing their habits, registering with car dealerships, or even ditching their cars in favor of bicycles as gas prices recently hit $5 a gallon for the first time. It’s averaging $4.95 a gallon nationwide this week, up from $3.06 a gallon a year ago, according to AAA.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden asked Congress to suspend federal gas taxes for three months, which would cut the gas price by 18.4 cents a gallon. He also urged states to suspend their own gas taxes.

Biden’s push is running into trouble in Congress. Meanwhile, gas falls on budgets.

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway agonized over whether to charge more for Paws and Whiskers Sitters, her pet-sitting business in Macomb, Illinois. She visits up to 10 homes every day and fills up her 2018 Mazda CX-3 nearly every week. One recent gas station cost her nearly $50.

This month, she finally acted. She contacted her clients and informed them that she was canceling the 10% discount she always gave to regular customers.

Shoemaker-Galloway, who is also a children’s book author, said her clients are sympathetic to her. But she worries that gas prices will affect her business in other ways.

“Cost affects more than just my bottom line,” she said. “Because the prices of everything are so high, people are cutting back on non-essential things like pet care and book sales.”

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