Make sure your car isn’t on “E” when you move it cross-country


While you don’t want to leave personal belongings in your car for a long distance or even a short distance move, there is one thing you should always leave in the car: a little bit of gas.

A full tank may not be necessary, but a small amount of fuel is required during your car’s trip across the province or across the country.

How much gas should I leave in the car?

Even though your car isn’t being driven across Canada or across the province, the transport of your vehicle still requires a small amount of driving, including the following:

  • Onto the flatbed truck at pick-up, and off at delivery
  • On and off a car carrier trailer as required
  • Within a terminal compound and around the rail yard as required
  • On and off a railcar as required

As such, it’s recommended that you leave your car with at least 1/4 (one-quarter) of a tank when it’s picked up or you drop it off at your service provider.

Can I leave a full tank?

You can if you want, although only 1/4 tank is required. Your vehicle will not be idle for excessive periods; however in the winter time it will idle a little longer in colder areas of the country.

Should I leave a gas can in the car?

Absolutely not. Loose gas cans or other fuel containers are a major safety concern and could be moved or dislodged during transit. Gas in only the tank please!

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Livingston has been helping Canadians move their cars short-distances and across the country for more than 30 years. We provide detailed inspections to make sure your car is ready for the trip.

To learn more about what you need to do to prepare for a move, contact a representative today. If you’re ready to get a quote for moving your car, fill out our convenient online form.