Answered by Kelly MartiniJune 10, 2019
Thank you for contacting Movers.com with your question about calculating gas usage during your move! You're correct to research this when budgeting for moving expenses as it's prudent to leave room in your budget for hidden costs. The gasoline expense is one of the most overlooked fees, and filling up the tank of a moving truck won't be the same as filling up the tank in your personal vehicle.
Moving trucks are not fuel-efficient, and large trucks will only get about 5 miles per gallon.
What is the current price of gas?
Before calculating mileage for your move, you'll need to know the current price for gas and what type you'll use on your trip. Usually a large 24-foot truck takes diesel fuel. Right now, the national average price diesel gas is $3.15/gallon.
How many miles is the full trip?
The best you can do is estimate.
Do you know certain things can add to your fuel consumption? For example:
- Weight of your load
- Hours spent idling in traffic
- Number of times you stop
- Detours or roadwork
TIP: Add at least 50 miles to your estimate.
How much will gas cost for the entire trip?
When you have all your numbers ready, divide the number of miles you'll travel by your MPG. For example, if you are traveling 600 miles in a large truck, 600 divided by 5 is 120 gallons of gas needed to get there.
Now, multiply the number of gallons you need by the average gas price. If you need 120 gallons of diesel gas at $3.15/gallon, you'll be spending $378 on gas to travel 600 miles.
Remember that you're required to return the rental truck with a full tank. Large trucks will need between 50 to 60 gallons to fill up. If you have a truck with a 50-gallon gas tank, it will cost you $157.50 to fill the tank. The final cost of the trip will be $378 + $157.50 ($535.50).
Hope this answers your question, and good luck on your move!