The Difference Between On-Road & Off-Road Diesel Fuel

Written on: November 13, 2023

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diesel supplier Davidson county, nc Briles Oil & Gas, Inc. is a diesel fuel provider that understands the requirements of the various businesses that use our services, and we help them take care of business. We provide courteous and reliable service to our many customers in Davidson County and Randolph County.

Briles Oil & Gas has been in business since 1960, and we understand how unique the fueling needs of our customers are. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all diesel delivery. We offer customizable fleet-fueling delivery and service. We bring you what you need where you need it and when you need it. Count on us whether you need on-road diesel, off-road diesel, or both. And because your fueling will come from one source, you’ll find it easier to track your usage and expenses. Free your drivers from the need to spend time and energy logging fuel fill-ups and submitting receipts. Save your staff from some paperwork and processing reimbursements. With on-road and off-road diesel fuel services from Briles Oil & Gas, you’ll save time, energy, and money.

Where is Diesel Used?

You’ll find diesel fuel at work in a variety of contexts. Diesel fuel powers freight and delivery trucks, buses, boats, farm equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles. Some cars and light trucks also run on diesel fuel.

Diesel fuel also works in generators for anything from powering a remote village to ensuring that essential facilities like hospitals have a backup or emergency power supply when there’s an electrical outage.

What’s Diesel Made Of?

Diesel fuel is made from refined crude oil and biomass materials. It gets its name from the type of engine it’s used in. Diesel fuel is the distillate fuel oil made for compression ignition engines which were originally invented by a man named Rudolf Diesel. So diesel fuel is the fuel that’s appropriate for use in a diesel engine. There’s more than one type of diesel fuel. There’s on-road diesel fuel, and there’s off-road diesel fuel. What’s the difference? Let’s take a look at the two types of diesel fuel.

What’s On-Road and Off-Road Diesel?

Off-road and on-road diesel are very much what they sound like. On-road diesel is taxed at a higher rate, and it is meant to go in vehicles that will be on the road—cars, trucks, trailers, etc. This is the diesel fuel you’ll find at gas stations. On road diesel is clear in color and has a lower sulfur content than off-road diesel. That lower sulfur content is important in terms of engine performance and longevity as well as the environment.

Off-road vehicles and equipment can use off-road diesel. It’s less expensive (since it isn’t taxed at the same rate). However, it is only intended for use in off-road vehicles and equipment—farm tractors, construction vehicles, generators, etc. It’s dyed a red color so as not to be confused with on-road diesel. It also has a higher sulfur content than on-road diesel. You should not use off-road diesel in an on-road vehicle. In the U.S., it’s illegal to use off-road diesel in a vehicle that will be driven on the road.

Briles Oil & Gas

If you’re looking to save time and money and get reliable fleet fueling, trust Briles Oil & Gas with your diesel fuel services. From Star to Level Cross and everywhere in between, you can count on us to provide customized fleet-fueling delivery and service.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to put us to work for you.