FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Record gasoline prices are forcing many businesses to make adjustments, including driving schools.
Zachary Wirt has a fleet of cars that are constantly on the road training people to drive, and soon he may have to take some of them off the road.
The Fort Bragg soldier owns All American Drivers Education Incorporation in Fayetteville.
“We see $50, $100 more every week,” Wirt said.
American Drivers Education was giving military discounts, however, rising prices at the pump forced the company to shut down.
“One of the last things I wanted to do was remove every type of discount I could,” Wirt said. “But at the end of the day I have a business to protect and employee paychecks to protect. .”
On average, he spends about $450 a week on gas for his fleet of six cars, including two Toyota Priis.
The heat wave in North Carolina is also costing him more money. Cars consume more fuel with air conditioning.
He said fuel prices could force him to switch from training on the road to cones in the parking lot. In this way, his vehicles would consume less fuel.
“As gas prices continue to rise, I think some of our commute times will need to be looked at closely,” Wirt said.
One thing he said he wouldn’t do is raise his prices.
He said he didn’t want to add pressure to people’s wallets.
To learn more about All American Drivers Education Incorporation, call 910-988-3438.