TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, is continuing its annual winter diesel additive program to help trucking fleets and professional drivers weather what is forecasted to be a brutally cold and snowy winter. The treated fuel dispenses directly from TA and Petro fuel island pumps and helps to eliminate breakdowns due to fuel line and filter freezing and corrosion.
More than 186 TA and Petro locations will dispense this winter blend. Of those, at least 148 of them are expected to include the additive from now until late March. Again this year, nearly 38 locations will dispense the winter blend when temperatures fall under 16 degrees Fahrenheit. These locations are situated in areas of the county that have sporadically low temperatures and occasional winter storms.
“As winter weather begins to set in for most of the country, professional drivers need to take precautions to keep them and their trucks safe,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. “Our winter diesel additive program delivers the serious weather protection our drivers need to keep them running smoothly on the road this winter. Most importantly, it gives them added peace of mind in knowing their winter driving experience will be a positive one,” he added.
Customers will know a TA or Petro location offers winterized diesel through pump hose signs, and through amenities listings on its TruckSmart® app and the TA and Petro web site (www.ta-petro.com/refuel).
The winterized additive used by TA and Petro is a multifunctional, polymer-based cold flow additive supplied by several nationally recognized providers. Unlike kerosene/D#1 blends that can degrade fuel efficiency, this additive has minimal impact on fuel economy.
More specifically, winterized fuel from TA and Petro provides professional drivers with a high level of low-temperature diesel engine operability and performance by:
- Lowering cold fuel pour point (CFPP) and pour point by as much as 30 degrees and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively;
- Enhancing fuel lubricity;
- Utilizing de-icer chemistry to help prevent fuel filter and fuel line plugging;
- Containing cetane improver for better cold weather starting and reduced emissions; and
- Dispersing water to help prevent corrosion and sludge.
TravelCenters reminds professional drivers that should they experience fuel line freezing or require other truck maintenance and repair, most of the TA Truck Service facilities are open 24/7/365. Additionally, RoadSquad Connect™ emergency roadside service is available around the clock by calling (800) 824-7467, or visit http://www.ta-petro.com/location for further information.