I know you like your doom, but I honestly don't think it'll be that bad. Sure, finding gas is a pain, and will be so for a couple more weeks. Some folks might call in sick to work, because they can't get gas. Some folks might even take the bus to work (
Meanwhile, I've got 7/8ths of a tank, and I'm not worried a bit about being able to get gas, as my next fill-up won't be until about the 2nd week of October.
But rest assured, if I see riots or empty grocery store shelves (or even some long lines I happen to come across in my 'hood), I'll be more than happy to post visual evidence right here on this thread for ya'll.
I guess you might not understand why I bothered to report the T A numbers, so let's add a few details from my own operation. ( last weeks numbers will do.)
Last week I spent the entire week on the ONE LOAD.. ( I am still on it for 2 more days) starting in Los Angeles, Ca ending in Miami, Fl.
Last week I did (Sunday to Saturday night) Joplin MO to Hempstead, NY to Mt laurel, NJ to West Chester, PA to West Palm Beach, Fl to Ft Pierce, Fl. A slightly less than typical week for a single driver in a long haul truck. I spent one day "visiting" with my wife in Bordentown NJ, and 1 day resting in place to reset my logs here in Ft Pierce.
I fueled up 5 times averaging 130 gallons each time ( 1/2 tank to full).
I did travel about 350 miles above the minimum required because I managed to find a small load to add into my trailer from PA to Florida that added $2000 to my income this week.
I can buy fuel at any truck stop unlike many company drivers who will travel 3500 miles in an average week but are limited to fueling stops by brand chosen by their company.
TCA ( travel Centers Of America) is one of the largest chains, But even so there are usually only 1 or 2 in any state on your route if you are traveling through the state. They usually have 10 to 20 fueling lanes at each stop. To imagine the effect on distribution of even one "out of fuel" truck stop because of the number of drivers who will have to either divert to another stop, or wait for fuel to be delivered is not difficult. Looking at web sites today I found all the major chains low or out of fuel in similar areas.
I am sitting here in Ft Pierce, Fl ( where I decided to top off my tanks after hearing of the number of trucks "limited" to 50 gallons per day per truck in Ga on their way here.) That gives me a 1200 mile range to extremely empty... 1400 to stopped in the road empty.
My plans are to move 104 miles first thing Monday followed by 340 miles Monday night, 340 miles Tuesday and then sit to load Wednesday going to lower Alabama ( about 350 miles by Thursday) Because I have not yet booked the load after that, I have to assume 360 degrees travel from there in my planning.
If fuel is short in the south East, I will obviously refill the tank Tuesday night ( about 130 gallons) and will be sitting at the casino Wednesday night waiting to unload Thursday morning at about 1/2 tank. ( or if necessary refuel again in Marianna, Fl as I pass through Wednesday night and be sitting Thursday 7/8th full.)
The closest TA truck stops will then be Grand Bay, Al (94 miles),
Montgomery, Al (100 miles) Russell, Ms (about 190 miles) and Marianna, Fl (150 miles) ( that takes care of the 4 compass points.)
Should I be routed by my next destination past any of those and they are out of fuel, the next TA would be about 200 miles further on.
My point ( keeping in mind I am one truck in a steady stream of passing trucks) is that the just in time world demands that no truck can run late much less come to a stop to await fuel availability.
30 percent of all manufacturing assembly lines ( big or small) will close after one day with one late truck delivery. Retail food distribution centers use inbound loads as "inventory for tomorrows loads to sale point. One day without inbound trucks and they will experience outages of some items.
Most of my deliveries are "meet the crew who flew in to install your load" if I am late people are out of work that day instantly, and jobs start getting behind for hundreds of others who are on tight schedules.
Metropolitan NY has a weeks supply of food on hand. Not produce.... FOOD. Metropolitan Atlanta and almost every other large metropolis less than 7 days supply.
Retail fuel has reserves all along the supply chain to avoid outages. Tank farms at pipelines, jobbers etc. Retail foods have ONE reserve.. the local distribution center ONE for each brand of store ( and the loaded trailers inbound/outbound in transit). BUT those distribution centers may serve a region as big as 1/2 a state in the east, state wide in the west..
I myself am no longer in retail distribution... I am an industrial moving van. I bring the store not the items for sale in it. ( I bring the restaurant stainless steal not the food that will be cooked and served from it). I was at one time in the distribution food chain and I know it well. An OUTAGE of fuel will reach outage of goods in very short time frame.
Consider the Houston lessons being learned this week about fuel production and distribution, The next lesson you might watch being learned is about the food distribution network. It is not the end of the world as we know it if trucks start running out of fuel, but it won't be pretty.
first edit to clarify a point, second to correct spelling LOL