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Hurricane season will be here before we know it. The official start date is June 1 and continues through November 30. The 2017 season featured 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes – one of the most active hurricane seasons to date. The forecast for 2018 is predicting a very active hurricane season as well. As it is Hurricane Preparedness Week, it’s a great time to review best practices on preparing before a potential disaster strikes.
Is your business ready to weather the storm?
Develop an emergency plan – Diesel Direct offers Business Continuity Programs to ensure you receive the fuel you need in advance of a weather event that could leave you without fuel or access to fuel for an extended period.
Gather supplies – Diesel Direct can help you prepare by supporting all your fueling needs. Our fuel tanks can keep your generators and your business running when disaster strikes. We have tanks available that we can deliver immediately to help you prepare. Make sure all of your fleet vehicles are topped off.
Document your plan – Make sure your team knows exactly how to implement your backup plans, including where your disaster supplies are located and where all evacuation routes are located.
Test your backup plan – It’s a great time to make sure your backup functionalities are working properly. Fuel tanks should be tested and treated for water and microbial contamination.
Diesel Direct provides a full suite of services to ensure your fuel works for you in all types of conditions. Contact our fuel professionals today to find out how Diesel Direct can help you prepare before nature compromises your business.
Diesel Direct is committed to sustainable energy and provides safe and environmentally friendly fuel options. As a nationwide mobile fueling company delivering fuel coast to coast, we’re in a unique position to put our sustainability plan and goals into practice.
Mobile fueling helps to reduce emissions through reducing trips to and from fuel stations. On average, a truck needs to be driven 8 miles to find a station that can accommodate it. Finding a station that can accommodate multiple trucks, that has easy access to entry and exit, and has a diesel fuel island, can be a challenge. Roundtrip, that adds up to about 16 extra miles to get fueled. Every gallon of diesel burned releases 22 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. Mobile fueling can save around 60 pounds of CO2 each time a truck is fueled.
Idling also contributes to unnecessary CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Since we fuel while your trucks are parked, fuel burn related to idling time at a gas station is saved.
In addition to the basic atmospheric savings based on services alone, Diesel Direct uses Pure Aire Diesel®. Pure Air Diesel offsets each gallon used by funding certified environmental projects that removed CO2 from the atmosphere, enabling us to run our business carbon neutral.
We invite you to do the same. Pure Air Diesel is available to purchase from Diesel Direct. We know that getting funding for sustainability plans can be a challenge. Pure Air Diesel allows you to build your sustainability plans directly into your fuel budget. Diesel Direct purchases offsets on your behalf and sends you a third-party certificate each quarter showing your CO2 offsets.
Call us today to learn more about our Pure Air Diesel program at 1-888-900-7787. Together we can help the environment.
2018 has already brought a deep arctic freeze, which can really impact your fleet. As a matter of fact, 90% of all winter operability issues are moisture related. Maintenance is the best way to ensure your vehicles keep moving. Monitor your water separators daily and change your fuel filters often.
In addition to good housekeeping practices, pay attention to the fuel you are purchasing. Will your fuel perform as expected based on the temperature of the region you’re in? Diesel Direct uses a blending strategy based on the ambient temperature and our truck route location data. We customize a blend tailored to our customer’s needs. Learn more about our fuel: http://dieseldirect.com/roadchamp/
For extreme winter weather, we also offer a diesel fuel emergency treatment called Winter’z Edge. Winter’z Edge is a diesel fuel additive that helps melt frozen fuel filters, returns fuel to a liquid state and helps disperse water. It can be used in diesel fuel trucks, construction equipment, generators, skid tanks and other large ground tanks. Learn more about Winter’z Edge: http://dieseldirect.com/winterz-edge/
Managing fuel consumption, distribution and storage can be a challenge to track. With a variety of assets and types, and your fleet on the go, there are many important components. Implementing a fuel management solution like FUELLOC by Diesel Direct solves the challenges associated with managing fueling assets.
Key benefits of FUELLOC include:
Contact us today or call 1-888-900-7787 to learn more about how FUELLOC can help you track your fuel consumption, distribution, and storage with a long-lasting solution with the best cloud based intelligence portal.
According to The Weather Channel, the Northeast and Midwest are expected to see potentially record-setting subfreezing temperatures this weekend. Is your fleet prepared? A couple days of freezing temperatures can cause some potential issues for your trucks, including freeze-ups and no starts. Freeze ups are usually preventable with some fleet housekeeping.
The best housekeeping tip we can offer is to address water in your fuel, NOW!
While water is a year-round contaminant for diesel fuel, freezing temperatures pose serious issues for the entire fuel system. Ice particles can cause filters to become blocked and prevent the fuel from flowing freely to the fuel injectors. If you haven’t already, drain the water separator, saddle tanks, and change filters to the largest micron filter allowed per your manufacturer.
Diesel also contains wax, which can cause fuel to gel when temperatures begin to fall. The best defense against gelling is to treat your fuel before the temperatures fall. Diesel Direct offers a proprietary premium diesel fuel called RoadChamp®. During winter months, RoadChamp is adjusted to improve your fuel’s winter operability. In the most extreme temperatures, we offer an emergency treatment called Winter’z Edge. This proprietary fuel additive helps melt frozen fuel filters and return fuel to a liquid state.
Contact us today or call 1-888-900-7787 to learn more about how to prepare your fleet for the subfreezing temperatures ahead.
This is a sample that was removed from the bottom of a storage tank. Looks gross, right?
In this sample, two major fuel problems were identified – microbial growth and moisture.
Diesel fuel tanks can be a prime breeding ground for microbial growth or “diesel bugs” when the fuel is left untreated. Microbes can be present in the air which allows them to be found in the fuel. Since diesel fuel and moisture create the right environment to feed the bugs; finding them in tanks is not exactly uncommon. Diesel bugs create a gel-like consistency that eventually become a genuine problem for your fuel injection system. The best way to prevent microbial growth is to reduce the moisture in diesel fuel tanks.
As the winter months approach, moisture becomes an even bigger issue. Since water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the water in your fuel can freeze and create ice particles which can block filters from freely passing the fuel to the injectors. Removing moisture from your diesel fuel is critical to keep your fleet moving during the winter.
These 3 regular maintenance activities are vital to help reduce moisture:
Diesel Direct offers a variety of proprietary additive packages to help control moisture and get the edge on winter. To learn more about our additives, please visit http://dieseldirect.com/roadchamp/ or call us at 1.888.900.7787 – our team is ready to help you reduce the moisture in your fuel and give your fleet the edge on winter.
Understanding and prioritizing safety is a primary focus at Diesel Direct. We truly believe safety impacts our customers, the environment and our employees each day. With this in mind, Diesel Direct has enhanced our focus on safety through an updated Driver Safety Incentive Program. Our drivers are some of the most experienced, trained and prepared in the industry. Our drivers hold Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A or B, Hazmat and tank endorsements, medical card, and a Transportation Worker’s Identification Card (TWIC). Although we are confident in each and every driver, we believe even greater emphasis on safety demonstrates how important it is as a core value at Diesel Direct.
Our goal is to reward our drivers on their commitment to customer service, remaining accident, DOT/Traffic violation and spill free every day, week, month and consecutively every year. Diesel Direct believes recognizing our outstanding drivers will continue to enhance their focus on safety and continue to allow us to provide an outstanding customer experience through their efforts.
The structure of the program mimics that of your auto insurance policy. The program increasingly rewards drivers who have consecutive accident free years, and provides lesser rewards/penalties for poor driving/fuel spill records.
The program runs in two phases allowing drivers the opportunity to gain rewards every six months and annually with higher rewards every year they continue with their clean safety records. On top of this incentive all our drivers MUST continue training and attend all safety meetings held throughout the year to be eligible for these rewards.
We could not be more proud of our fuel safety program and the men and women whom drive our trucks and deliver our fuel safely every day here at Diesel Direct. Our employees are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and we are dedicated to keeping them safe.
Thank you to our Drivers for your dedication and continued support in keeping our roads, customers and environment safe!
“Here at Diesel Direct we are extremely serious about safety. We have a safety program which provides a financial reward to our drivers with No Accidents, No Spills , No DOT violations, and who attend our mandatory safety meetings.”- Adam Nataupsky ‘Senior Compliance Manager’
The 2017 Hurricane Season is well on its way and may prove to be an issue of the east coast. According to the Weather Channel a total of 16 named storms and eight hurricanes are expected in the Atlantic Basin, according to the CSU forecast, led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach. Three of the eight hurricanes are forecast to be Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Tropical Storms Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily – all of which have already occurred – are included in the seasonal forecast numbers in the outlook. The updated forecast is above the Atlantic Basin’s 30-year historical average (1981-2010) of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
From past experiences with storms and the destruction they can cause, it is evident how important it is to have ready available fuel to keep your business open. Whether it’s for your diesel vehicles, a generator, or other equipment, your business can’t stop due to inclement weather. You need to know that your business will continue to run smoothly.
Here are some steps you can take to make sure a nasty storm or hurricane doesn’t stop your business:
• Make sure your diesel vehicles are topped off before the storm hits, you don’t know if fuel will be available after the storm
• Take steps to ensure your generator will work during the storm if power cuts out
• Have a backup supply of fuel available in a small skid tank
Each of these, if not prepared for, can be a recipe for disaster when disaster strikes. So, before a storm approaches, take the steps to properly prepare your business by calling Diesel Direct, your diesel fuel professionals! Diesel Direct provides a full suite of services that ensure your fuel is working for you in all conditions. Keep those generators and tanks protected with our Business Continuity Protection Programs, ensuring priority service during those difficult times, and our Platinum Program offers yearly testing of fuel for water and microbial contamination. Diesel Direct also can provide both stationary and mobile skid tanks and tank monitoring technology to monitor fuel levels remotely and schedule automatic deliveries based on actual need or pre-determined minimum diesel levels. Contact us today to learn more about our 24/7 on-site fueling and protection services!
Ready, set, takeoff! Did you know we are now servicing the friendly skies? Take your fuel to the next level with Airport Fuel Services by Diesel Direct. Airport Fuel Services came into creation due to requests from some of our largest and smallest customers. Our clients have benefited from the reliability of our mobile fueling services in their truck fleets, so we expanded our day-to-day and emergency services inside the walls and fences of our nation’s airports. Diesel Direct’s specialized fleet of above ground stationary tanks and portable fueling devices are certified to have access to airport areas of high security and high traffic movement. We are currently certified and fueling at over 130 airports!
Why choose Diesel Direct for your airport fuel needs?
That’s not all! Airport Fuel Services also offers our customers the best in class technology package. This package allows full transparency into fuel levels. It monitors the fuel inside your tank as well as the gallons coming out. Running out of fuel is a problem of the past with our tank monitoring service.
Land, sea, and now the sky-Diesel Direct fuels them all! Not even the sky is the limit when it comes to the services we offer. The Diesel Direct Experience is really going places, so don’t wait. Contact us at 888-900-7787 or visit our website to learn more about our Airport Fuel Services.
Each year, ACT Expo brings together a national network of organizations to provide expertise and insight on the technologies and policies that are shaping the world of clean transportation. The “Clean Transportation Revolution” took place May 1st-May 4th, 2017 in Long Beach, California. At the annual event, attendees had the opportunity to network with more than 3,500 clean transportation stakeholders, connect with hundreds of leading vehicle, fueling, and technology suppliers in the Expo Hall, and learn from peers in fleet-focused educational sessions. ACT Expo is considered the largest clean fleet event for all alternative fuels and all weight classes. Fleets of all different sizes and from all different industries gathered together to learn how to reduce costs and emissions.
ACT Expo offered a combination of presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Featured speakers that spoke at the conference were from global companies such as Wal-Mart, Honda, and General Motors Corporation. In addition, attendees heard perspectives from “transportation trailblazers” such as Fleet Owner, Penske Truck Leasing, and Mack Trucks.
Members from our Sustainability, Marketing, and Sales Team attended the conference. They gained insight and knowledge in several areas such as trucking efficiency, fleets of the future, future trends in transportation technology, and what to expect from the EPA in the next four years.
ACT Expo proved that companies are more proactive than ever in the quest to be green. Diesel Direct supports and stresses to our customers that clean diesel technology along with an array of other advanced technology and fuel options will continue to play an important role in today’s society. Sustainability leaders agreed with our stance and confirmed at the conference that there is an extreme focus on cost effective investments, increased vehicle efficiency, and improved environment performance now more than ever before.
Diesel Direct is dedicated to a cleaner environment and a greener future. We not only have long-term sustainability plans for our business and fleet, but we have made it easy for our customers to become involved and make a difference with us! We are always driving for improvement and you can as well. We have three different clean fuel options-DEF, Biodiesel, and Pure Air Diesel™, and a sustainability program to fit any and all of your green needs! Our Pure Energy Continuum makes it possible to reduce your carbon footprint through mobile fueling, achieve better MPG through our fuels and additives, and balance the impact of your fleet’s carbon emissions up to 100%. To learn more, contact your regional manager or email PureAirDiesel@dieseldirect.com. Become a green hero today!