The freedom you get when you embark on the open road is unlike no other, from the beautiful scenery to the towns and cities you have never seen in your life, it gives you a whole new perspective on things. But, the question is, is that perspective better from the view of a truck or a car? Both have similarities and differences, and if you are going on an epic road trip which one is the better choice? Let’s try and answer the question.
The one thing that is blatantly obvious from the outset is the size difference. Trucks are much larger and this can give you a lot more comfort, which helps for long road trips and will help if you decide to veer off road too.
The engines are so powerful in comparison to cars that it gives you a great feeling as a driver. Of course, with powerful engines comes a lot of gas mileage. So you had better pick your filling stations carefully and try to get the cheapest fuel for your money.
The bodies of trucks are so strong and durable in comparison to cars, so this allows trucks to haul other items easily, so if you are going on a road trip, there would be no problem in towing a caravan or a trailer.
A truck can have much more storage than a car. So this lends itself very well to long-distance road trips because you can just put your stuff in the back, and off you go!
Trucks can be difficult to drive, especially if you are new to driving and are used to just your car. They are far more difficult to maneuver, and so if you are struggling with the clutch and gears, especially when you’re used to a simple automatic car, you may be making a pit stop at a diesel truck mechanics shop or a few!
While trucks a great for a road trip, it’s only effective if three people are traveling. A fourth person could sit in the area with the storage bed, which is standard for most trucks. However, it isn’t very comfortable.
If you’re trying to make a road trip with the family in tow, this might be very difficult because there aren’t seats in the back, and if you have a baby, this will be more difficult, because baby seats don’t tend to fit in trucks.
As already mentioned the cost can be a big factor. Naturally the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the engine, and therefore, the bigger the cost. Big engines can suck up fuel quickly so you will find your biggest expense on your road trip heading to the gas station on a regular basis. If you aren’t that skilled at truck driving, you may find that you are wasting money by not changing gears efficiently, and you may just be “grinding” the gears, which you are more than aware of if you have a car and are used to the subtleties of your own car.
A truck is a completely different beast, so if you are thinking about heading on a road trip, think twice about picking a truck over a car.