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TravelCenters of America introduces diesel additive program to help drivers cope with winter conditions

Published 25 November 2014

TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), 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 and already shaping up to be a difficult winter. The additized fuel dispenses directly from TA and Petro fuel dispensers, and helps to eliminate breakdowns due to fuel line and filter freezing and corrosion.

More than 150 TA and Petro locations will dispense this winter blend. Of those, at least two-thirds of them will run the additive continuously from November through March. New this year, nearly 50 locations will dispense the winter blend when temperatures fall to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or lower. These locations are situated in areas of the county that have sporadically low temperatures and occasional winter storms.

"In years past, combining the winter additive at our sites north of I-40 across the U.S. was adequate to prevent diesel and fuel line freeze-ups for drivers," said Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. "Based on an overwhelming response to this program, we decided to have the winter blend of diesel and winter additive available at almost 50 additional locations that experience freezing temperatures, or are located on driving routes that stretch into colder areas," he added.

TravelCenters does not charge extra for the winter blend of fuel. Customers will know that a TA or Petro location dispenses winterized diesel through notices clipped on the pump hoses, and through amenities listings on its TruckSmartĀ® app and TA and Petro web sites (www.tatravelcenters.com and www.petrotruckstops.com).

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 CFPP (Cold Fuel Pour Point) 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.

Source: Company Press Release