How to Transport Propane Tanks in the Car

Updated May 30, 2018

Whether you are packing a propane stove to go camping or need to pick up more gas for the grill, it is sometimes necessary to transport propane in a car. Even an empty tank may still contain enough propane to cause a problem if the tank leaks, especially in an enclosed area such as an automobile. Transporting a propane tank safely is not difficult but it is important. It takes only a few extra seconds to follow propane transportation safety guidelines.

Make sure the valve on the propane tank is closed tightly.

Place the propane cylinder on the floor in the back seat of the car and stand it in an upright position. If necessary, place some old towels or blankets around the tank to make sure it will not fall over.

Open the car's back windows to provide ventilation.

Drive directly to your destination and remove the propane tank immediately upon arrival. Never leave a propane tank sit unattended in your car, even if you believe it to be empty.


Some areas have laws regarding how many propane tanks can be transported at a time. If you plan on transporting more than one tank at a time, check with your local authorities first.


Never carry propane tanks in the boot of a car.

Things You'll Need

  • Old blankets or towels
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