What is On-road and Off-road Fueling?
Posted: February 13, 2023
Diesel fuel can help your business succeed
Do you know the difference between on-road and off-road fueling, and what it can do for your business? In addition to heating oil, Fredericks Fuel provides both types of fuel for our commercial customers including farms, landscapers, builders, excavators, pavers, movers, waste haulers, truckers, foodservice, courier and delivery industries, and more. To learn more about this convenient service – and about diesel fuel in general – read on. Whatever your industry, we can deliver gasoline, on- or off-road diesel to your North Jersey job site in a way that works best for you!
On-road vs. Off-road: What’s the difference?
- Where will your diesel vehicles be driven? On-road diesel is specially formulated to be legal when driving on public roads, such as highways or public streets. Off-road diesel is only for use on private property, such as on a construction site or a farm.
- What type of vehicle will be driven? Standard vehicles that are meant for driving on roadways will typically use on-road fuel. Vehicles and other equipment such as generators, tractors, forklifts and construction vehicles can generally use off-road fuel.
- Where is the fuel dispensed? Gas stations only offer on-road fuel, since vehicles that can travel to a gas station will need to use public roadways.
- What color is the fuel? Believe it or not, on-road and off-road fuels are different colors! That’s because off-road diesel is dyed red by manufacturers, as required by law. This makes it easy for a quick inspection to determine what type of fuel a vehicle is using. On-road fuel is clear in color, just like regular gasoline. For this reason, on-road diesel is sometimes referred to as clear diesel.
- Taxes and fuel costs. Off-road fuel is cheaper than on-road diesel, because it is not subject to excise taxes, since the fuel isn’t used on public roadways.
- Performance. There’s no difference in the performance of vehicles using on-road versus off-road fuel. Vehicles can theoretically use either type of fuel – although it would not be in your best interest to use the fuels interchangeably. The reason is that it’s illegal to use off-road fuel in an on-road vehicle, and it’s unnecessarily expensive to use on-road fuel in an off-road vehicle, since you’d be paying taxes that you don’t actually owe.
Trust Fredericks Fuel as your diesel fuel supplier
Whatever type of vehicles and fuel your business uses, we’ve got you covered. In other words, attention truckers and heavy equipment operators: Fredericks Fuel has your diesel fuel. Visit our Wantage plant for on- or off-road diesel or contact us to schedule a fuel delivery. With plentiful on-site storage, Fredericks Fuel offers competitive pricing and a dependable supply of both on- and off-road diesel fuel.
For your convenience, Fredericks Fuel offers both on- and off-road diesel fuel for all of your transportation, equipment and heating needs. If you are located in Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage or anywhere in Northern NJ, contact us today to learn why Fredericks Fuel should be your diesel fuel supplier.