Posted: April 15, 2024

Autogas Fleet Fueling Safety Tips for Drivers

Ensure safe, efficient fueling for your propane-powered fleet.

autogas Lancaster, PA Fleet fueling is more than a line item on your company budget. Not only is it one of your largest annual expenses, but errors involving fleet fueling can severely impact your drivers’ safety and your operation’s productivity.

At Koppy’s Propane, we’ve helped many fleet managers in Lancaster and elsewhere in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania to transform their fleet fueling operations with propane autogas. Switching from gasoline and diesel to propane has some amazing benefits, including the following:

  • Propane autogas costs between 30% and 50% less than gasoline and diesel, on average.
  • Propane autogas significantly lowers your fleet’s carbon impact.
  • With lower carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions, autogas vehicles ensure healthier air quality for your drivers.
  • Autogas engines offer significant benefits in terms of maintenance costs and service life.
  • The EPA classifies propane autogas as a non-contaminant for air, land and water, so placement of dispensing equipment isn’t as restricted as many other fuels.

Additionally, making the change to propane is almost always considerably more affordable than changing to comparable electric fleet vehicles.

But what about the safety of propane fleet fueling? Here are some tips to help your drivers stay safe while fueling their autogas fleet vehicles.

What precautions should drivers take when re-fueling an autogas vehicle?

Happily, propane autogas dispensing systems have some safety benefits that gasoline and diesel pumps don’t always have. You cannot begin dispensing autogas until the nozzle is fully connected to your vehicle, and an overfill prevention device (OPD) automatically cuts off the flow of propane when your tank is full.
Here are some basic safety precautions drivers can take before fleet fueling:

  • Park on level ground and ensure the vehicle is fully powered off.
  • Never smoke or use any other flame or spark-producing products around autogas equipment.
  • Touch a grounded object to discharge any static electricity before fueling.
  • Follow all directions posted on the autogas dispensing equipment.
  • Do not attempt to add additional propane autogas after the OPD has cut off the flow.

If you smell gas near the autogas dispenser, leave the area immediately and contact emergency services to address a potential propane leak.

What’s the safest way for your drivers to fuel their autogas vehicles?

While there are countless public propane autogas stations throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S., the best way to ensure your drivers have the safest and most secure fleet fueling process is by arranging an on-site autogas station at your business.

Working with a trusted partner like Koppy’s Propane, you can identify a convenient, level and safe space. You can typically enjoy even more fuel savings with on-site storage and equipment, and your drivers will always have a secure, easily accessible place to re-fuel.

Let Koppy’s Propane Assist with Your Propane Fleet Fueling.

We work with Alliance AutoGas to convert fleets to propane and set up on-site fleet fueling equipment. We can help you determine the upfront costs of conversion and how quickly you can expect payback on your investment. We’re also available to train your team on re-fueling safety and create a customized propane delivery schedule to keep your autogas tank reliably filled.

Are you interested in exploring your potential savings with propane autogas? Contact Koppy’s Propane to get started.