Estimate Gas Costs for a Rental Truck
Put the pencil and paper away — there’s no math required. This rental truck fuel calculator takes your origin and destination (either zip code or city and state) and determines costs based on average fuel prices, the distance and the average MPG of a rental truck. Enter your locations and click “Calculate.”
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Move Without Paying Extra for Fuel
If you’re worried about the costs of fuel, you can avoid paying at the pump by moving with U-Pack®. It’s a different type of moving service — you pack and load, and we handle the driving. U-Pack rates include fuel, so no surprises at the pump.
Get a quote and see how the price compares to truck rental. Or if you prefer to talk to someone, a moving consultant can help — just call 877-453-7274.
Other Things to Consider When Using the Moving Truck Gas Calculator
Once you get an estimated cost from the calculator, remember that it’s 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 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. Extra weight requires more gas, so towing a vehicle or a cargo trailer also impacts fuel use..
- Driving habits. Driving faster increases wind resistance, which requires the truck to work harder and use more gas. Some rental truck companies recommend driving at lower speeds for safety, but it’s also smart for better MPG.
How to Calculate Gas Cost Manually
If you want to do your own gas cost estimate, you’ll need to know three things: the trip distance, the average price of fuel, and how many miles per gallon (mpg) the moving truck gets. Once you know those numbers, calculate gas costs in two steps:
- Divide the total distance of the trip by the truck’s mpg
- Multiply that answer by the average gas price
Total Miles ÷ Moving Truck MPG x Price of Gas per Gallon = Total Cost to Fuel the Rental Truck
For example, if you’re planning to drive 850 miles in a U-Haul® truck that gets 10 miles to the gallon, and gas averages $2.50, you should budget around $212.50 for gas.
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