Niagara Gazette — Locating a station that sells diesel fuel is nowhere near as challenging as it was 20 years ago. Modern Web tools and smart phone apps such as AAA Mobile make finding nearby diesel retailers easy. In addition, the better fuel economy of most diesel-powered vehicles means more miles are available between fill ups to locate a station. But just to be safe, especially when traveling in unfamiliar or lightly populated areas, many seasoned diesel owners will start looking for an opportunity to fill up when the fuel level drops below half a tank.
Diesel fuel safety
In general, diesel fuel is safer to handle and store than gasoline. For example, the flash point of diesel (the lowest temperature at which it can form an ignitable mixture with oxygen) is 144° F. This is much higher than the -49° F flashpoint of gasoline, which is far more volatile. On the other hand, the chemical makeup of diesel fuel means it is far slower to evaporate than gasoline when spilled and it leaves an oily residue on the pavement that is nearly as slippery as ice. Diesel spills on roadways can present a significant safety hazard, particularly for bicycles and motorcycles. Proper cleanup of spilled diesel fuel requires the use of appropriate absorbents, solvents and/or detergents to remove the oily deposits.
That’s if for now, more diesel education in the coming months.
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