How to calculate fuel for your rental truck

Did you know that when moving long distance in a rental truck, it may cost more for fuel than it does to rent the truck? It’s true! While truck rental may seem like the most affordable option, adding in the cost to fill it up may make it more expensive than you planned.

What impacts rental truck fuel costs?

Once you get an estimated cost from the calculator, remember that it is just that — an estimate. Many factors determine fuel consumption in a rental truck, which can impact costs. These include:

  • Vehicle specifics. While our fuel cost estimator uses an average MPG, rental trucks can get anywhere from 6 to 12 miles per gallon. And on a long distance trip, that difference can add up to hundreds of dollars.

  • Fuel type. Some trucks require diesel, which is typically more expensive than unleaded gas.

  • Weight. While loading the truck, keep in mind that heavier loads will require more fuel. Consider getting rid of unwanted items before the move to reduce the load.

  • Maintenance. A well-tuned vehicle with properly inflated tires is best for MPG. Ask about maintenance practices before reserving a truck, and check the tires before hitting the road.

  • Towing. Towing a vehicle or a cargo trailer also impacts fuel use because extra weight requires more gas to pull it.

  • Driving habits. Driving faster increases wind resistance, which requires the truck to work harder and therefore use more gas. Some rental truck companies recommend driving at lower speeds for safety, but it’s also smart for better MPG.

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