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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?

Diesel fuel sample with moisture and microbesIn 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:

  1. Drain the water separator
  2. Drain saddle tanks
  3. Change filters

 

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?

  • We fuel ground support equipment with our towable, lockable, and safe portable tanks
  • Our service can include our high-quality and top grade towable and mobile tanks
  • We fuel conveyors, package tugs, aircraft tugs, and portable generators
  • We provide airport fuel delivery services when you need it 7 X 24 X 365
  • Drivers are TSA, HAZMAT, SIDA badge certified

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!

The first day of spring is finally here! After a temperamental winter, we can finally anticipate warmer weather in our future. This is a good thing, right? It absolutely is, but there are diesel fuel-related risks you must be aware of as the temperature rises.

Oftentimes moisture falls to the bottom of fuel storage tanks. So as the temperatures increase, consistent maintenance of moisture in your storage tank is more important than ever. Poor operations and maintenance procedures for monitoring and removing water from fuel storage tanks can lead to huge (and costly!) headaches. Risks and damage for allowing water to remain in storage systems include fuel quality degradation, fuel separation, and microbial contamination.

These risks can cause damage to your entire system. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your tanks, reduce your downtime, and reduce your risk by regularly inspecting and maintaining your fuel storage tanks.

Besides frequent tank checks, here are some other tips for protecting your fuel:

  • Check for moisture and to see what’s lurking in your tanks by using the stick and paste method
  • Drain tank bottoms of water and sludge
  • Utilize a moisture control product like Dry Edge™ to eliminate moisture and water build up in fuel tanks

These tips can not only prevent damage to fuel storage tanks, but also reduce your business risk! Take the correct preventive measures now to save you the hassle in the long run. Contact us at 888-900-7787 or visit our website for all your diesel fuel and mobile fueling questions and needs!

Every year, GreenBiz holds their premier annual event for sustainability leaders. This year was the 9th year that the world’s brightest thinkers and most influential sustainability leaders gathered together to discuss the pressing challenges, emerging trends, and biggest opportunities in sustainable business today. Sustainability leaders from all over the world came together for this conference. This year, GreenBiz17 was held February 14th-16th in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference featured 200 speakers from a wide range of sectors and over 900 participants. For those who couldn’t attend the conference, they did a virtual live stream. The three-day conference, along with the virtual live stream audience, had over 3,000 participants turn in to explore and learn more about sustainable business.

GreenBiz offered a combination of presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Featured speakers that spoke at the conference were from global companies such as Amazon, Walmart, PespsiCo, Microsoft, and Ebay. After learning from the world’s largest and most successful corporations, attendees were able to choose from six different learning tracks to tackle their own sustainability questions and concerns. The tracks covered topics in areas such as materiality and metrics, purpose and people, new energy landscapes, and risk and resilience in sustainability.

Members from our Diesel Direct team attended the conference including Tori Binda, from our Marketing and Communications department, and Mike Scanlon, Regional Manager from Diesel Direct West. They left the conference with a surplus of knowledge as the nation moves forward with cleaner energy, circular business models, and sustainable supply chains.

GreenBiz17 proved that the nation is not slowing or backing down in their momentum to be green. An important takeaway that stuck with the Diesel Direct team after the conference ended was that the nation doesn’t need just an improvement-we need a sustainability movement. Diesel Direct has made it easy for our customers to join in on our own green movement! We are proud of Pure Energy, our ever-expanding green portfolio.  Pure Energy empowers our customers to Reduce, Conserve, and Renew their carbon footprint. To learn more, contact your regional manager or email PureAirDiesel@dieseldirect.com. See a change by being part of the change!

 

According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Temperatures measured on land and at sea for more than a century show that Earth’s globally averaged surface temperature is rising.” Whatever your beliefs about climate change are, it is a fact that more and more corporations, institutions, and government agencies are trying to put sustainability plans in place and reduce their carbon footprint in a variety of ways.  

You may be asking yourself, “What changes can I make and where should I start?” Diesel Direct can help! We are excited to share the news that we launched a new product that will have a very positive impact on our environment: Pure Air Diesel™. Even though we care about minimizing our carbon footprint, our businesses require us to consume fuel. This produces greenhouse gases that are harmful for the environment. Pure Air Diesel enables your business to reduce its carbon footprint by supporting certified local projects that significantly reduce greenhouse gases. So although it is impossible to eliminate your carbon footprint altogether, by choosing Pure Air Diesel, you can offset your fuel in fleets, boats, trains, or generators in order to achieve carbon neutrality!

We have made it incredibly easy to reduce emissions and meet your environmental objectives. Pure Air Diesel not only meets your environmental goals, but your business goals too. Benefits to signing up for our exclusive program are:

  • Attract a growing number of environmentally-conscious consumers and employees by differentiating your brand as leader in sustainability
  • Identify potential risks and opportunities by assessing your business’ environmental impact
  • Better the long-term health of your business and enhance your public image

With each gallon of Pure Air Diesel, we are creating a greener footprint. It is simply good for you and our Earth. Help the environment and show your customers that your company is green! Learn more today by contacting your regional manager or emailing PureAirDiesel@dieseldirect.com. We make it easy to be green!

Diesel Direct’s core company foundation is built on servicing each customer’s needs one gallon at a time. Truck fleets throughout the United States have learned that Diesel Direct’s system of on-site fleet fueling saves thousands of dollars in labor and increases their productivity, but did you also know that our mobile fueling services helps the environment and reduces carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere? We take extreme pride in providing the safest and most environmentally friendly fuels possible in the most energy efficient way. To further this dedication to the environment, we expanded our green portfolio by acquiring Pure Energy in November of 2015.

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Over the past year, we have continued to expand our Pure Energy portfolio by focusing on both environmentally friendly and vehicle safe solutions. We have created our very own suite of green offerings in order to give our customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint. Our suite of green offerings include:

  • Environmentally friendly products and services
  • Fuel delivery provided in the most energy saving way
  • Pure Air Diesel, a green option for our customers to help reduce their carbon impact through offsets
  • Tools and guidelines to empower our customers to become green heroes

Diesel Direct is the transportation industry’s largest dedicated national mobile refueling company. By delivering fuel in 45 different states, stretching from Massachusetts to Hawaii, we’re in a unique position to put our sustainable goals into practice. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint by proactive programs in the communities where we live and work, as well as efforts that introduce our customers to new fuel technology and easy ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with fuel burn. We welcome and urge you to explore what Pure Energy can offer your business in terms of products, knowledge, and concrete steps to make our Earth a healthier and greener place!

Be a green hero today by joining our Pure Energy program! Visit one of our five brand new Pure Energy pages to learn more. You can also receive more information by contacting your regional manager or e-mailing PureEnergy@dieseldirect.com. The Earth is at stake-do not wait! Be a part of a change that is not only beneficial to your business, but also to the environment.