How do I travel with oxygen tanks in a car?

My mother just started using oxygen to help her breathe. Since she’s pretty much immobile, I need to go to the medical supply store to pick up her oxygen. I’ve never done it before. What are some tips to travel with oxygen tanks in the car?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You’re sweet for helping your dear mother get the medical attention she needs. Because oxygen is flammable, storing it properly is essential.
To travel with oxygen tanks in a car, follow these tips:
  • Don’t smoke or vape in the car while carrying oxygen tanks.
  • Store the tanks out of direct sunlight.
  • Secure the tanks properly so they don’t damage the interior of your car.
  • Crack the windows to ensure proper ventilation and avoid overheating.
  • Never haul oxygen tanks in the trunk of a car or the bed of a truck. In a rear-end accident, the tanks could explode.
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