When you have so many options for so many different trucks out there on the market, it’s hard to make a decision on what you want. It’s even harder when options like DEF trucks are thrown in. While you may initially have been considering how the engine would meet your needs, how sturdy and reliable the frame and chassis was, or how comfortable the truck would be for long hauls, now you’ve got more options to consider. DEF Trucks can be a great option for environmentally friendly travel, performance, and ease of use.
DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and it means that the fluid is comprised of urea and de-ionized water. This fluid has no color and no smell, and it is safe and easy to use. It was created to reduce nitrogen oxide from escaping into the atmosphere and is an environmentally friendly option for diesel trucks.
DEF is stored in a separate tank and is mixed with the diesel truck exhaust to make the overall emission change from harmful to basic nitrogen and water. The EPA requires that vehicles that are capable of running with DEF (those with selective catalytic reduction) do run with it. This is to overall reduce the harmful emissions that we are putting into the atmosphere.
While the EPA might be pushing for you to use it, it doesn’t always translate into you wanting to purchase a truck that is equipped for it. Will it be a hassle? What if it costs you more money than it’s worth? Could it affect performance? These may all be questions that you’re asking yourself right now. Luckily, a truck equipped to use DEF won’t be a big burden for you. It may be a little different than you’re used to, but overall all will be a welcome addition to your budget and your overall performance.
If you should be using it and your truck is equipped to, why not use it? There are not any specific new things that you need to buy to use DEF. All you need is a DEF tank, to fill it with fluid, and to wait for the rest to be taken care of. You don’t need to worry about it. Why not do it and help reduce harmful emissions? While it may cost a little more than you’d like to start up (one tank of DEF is about the same as a tank of fuel, but the DEF tank will last for almost 500 miles), it is a good investment that will make sure that you’re keeping up with the times and making sure the environment stays healthy for everyone.
You might be wondering if something that helps the environment might make your performance suffer, as this is the case much of the time. The answer is: no! Using DEF can actually help your performance become enhanced. When you reduce emissions, you also gain horsepower. This is great for your engine’s performance, and it’ll make you a happy camper as well. DEF is not going to make your truck a smart car, but it is going to bring it a step into the future.
As mentioned, while a tank of Diesel Exhaust Fluid will cost you about the same as a tank of diesel fuel, it will then last for a long time–almost 500 miles. This makes filling up less frequent and is not a drain on your finances. But it’s still an extra cost, right? Well, think of it this way. It’s a very cheap way to consistently reduce your nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 90%, and there are surely more expensive ways to do so. The environment is what sustains us, and we have a responsibility to make sure it stays nice for our children and children’s children as well. If it takes the price of a tank of fuel every 500 miles, it might just be worth it.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then it’s time to give us a call at Osco Tank & Truck Sales. We can answer any questions that you have about DEF Trucks and we can get you set up with your own. Give us a call today to get started!