Determining the right kind of fuel oil to use can be complicated if you aren’t a mechanic. While this question might seem incredibly simple to people who already know their way around the inside of a car, if you aren’t sure exactly what type of engine you’re working with, it’s a tough question to answer.

So, let’s make it simple:

On-road diesel, also known as clear diesel, must be used as fuel oil for any vehicle that has a diesel engine and is a state-licensed vehicle for on-road use.

Whether you’re looking for information on diesel fuel oil prices or just want to better understand your engine, here are some frequently asked questions regarding the diesel fuel market.

  1. What is On-Road Diesel Used For? — On-road diesel fuel is available for general public purchase at most gas stations. It can provide excellent fueling for everyday vehicles like cars, trucks, SUVs, and even boats.
  2. How Does On-Road Differ From Dyed Diesel? — On-road fuel is sold and used without adding any dye. Most dyed diesel comes with red coloring and usually is not available for purchase to the general public. Dyed fuel is mainly only used for off-road machines like farm and construction equipment or large generators. Dyed fuel is also not taxed in the United States.
  3. Are There A Lot of Diesel Engines Out There? — In the U.S. today, there are roughly 50 models of diesel engines available. That number is expected to increase to around 60 models during 2017.
  4. Do On-Road Diesel Engines Get Good Mileage? — On average, today’s diesel engines can last on a single tank of gas for anywhere from 400 to 800 miles.
  5. What Kind of Miles Per Gallon Do Diesel Engines Get? — Simply put, diesel-powered cars get much better mileage. The average on-road diesel engines are now estimated with a highway mileage rating of 45 MPG and are getting nearly 50 MPG in testing on the road. Because of these high MPG mileage ratings, drivers make much fewer stops at gas stations and spend much less money than in the past.
  6. How Does Diesel Engine Air Compression Work? — Today’s diesel engine compresses air to one out of 20 parts per volume. After the air is compressed, the engine sends a small amount of diesel fuel into the actual cylinder to start the engine.

If you want to learn even more about diesel fuel, natural gas, or commercial fuel oil prices in Maryland, contact Bollinger Energy Corporation today.