I’ve driven a hybrid car .. oh, probably 6 years now.
It takes regular unleaded, like every other car I’ve ever driven. While it gets great mileage and has been a wonderful car for us, the Prius doesn’t do all that great on ice. And the warmer temperatures, melting snow, sleet and heavy fog recently have made for some slick rural roads.
So I’ve been taking the truck.
“Hey,” I said to the Cowboy over the phone .. “Diesel 1 or Diesel 2. I can’t remember.”
“Make sure you’re not at the pumps for farm fuel!” said the Cowboy, somewhat in a panic I was at the wrong pump and may have already started putting gas in the truck.
“Don’t worry, I’m not,” I replied to him over the phone, not knowing what difference that would make. (I filed the question in the back of my mind for later)
I had called to ask again, which Diesel for the Dodge. Usually the Cowboy makes sure there is enough gas in it. But as I have been the one to use the truck versus my Prius the past couple of days, I wanted to be sure to return the favor and fill it up. Only the second time doing so on my own, I knew there was a method as to what went into the tank and why, I just couldn’t remember what it was.
What’s the weather supposed to be like, he said to himself out loud.
“I think it’s supposed to be nice,” the Cowboy continued. ”I guess you can go with Diesel 2 for now. It’s not all that cold out so you shouldn’t need number one.”
Diesel 2, he explains to me as I sit down to write for the first time in a very long time, apparently gels up if it gets too cold. He let me know, I would most likely get stranded alongside the road if the wrong diesel is in the tank and the temperatures plummet.
Sincerely good to know.
Also good to know why it mattered if I was at the Farm Diesel pump:
- Farm fuel is good for tractors and other farm related equipment.
- It is the same diesel, it just isn’t taxed.
- The Cowboy says there is about a $ .50 tax on every gallon of gas we buy. I ask, are you sure it’s $ .50 and he says, pretty close. (May differ by state.) I don’t feel like fact checking this morning so I’m going with it.
- There is a dye in farm fuel and if you get picked up, police can check your tank. If you have farm fuel in your truck, it is at the very least, a $1000 fine.
The things we’re learning .. living on a dirt road.