Spring may be only a month away, but most of Canada is still held tightly in winter's icy, snowy grip. We share a lot of advice here on PumpTalk about winter driving. But it's been awhile since we talked about what we at Petro-Canada do to make winter easier on Canadian drivers and that's our WinterGas. Because winter doesn't stop Canadians and neither should their gasoline!
Since this year marks the 15th anniversary of our iconic WinterGas commercial, I thought a quick FAQ about WinterGas was in order, starting with:
What's the deal with WinterGas?
"WinterGas is specially designed specifically for the Canadian winter months and is available in all grades of gasoline in the winter months. It has three main differences versus the fuel we use during the spring, summer and fall months.
First, WinterGas is specially formulated to have a higher RVP - or vapour pressure. This means that the fuel is more volatile and vapourizes more readily, which is especially more effective in winter months when the temperature is much colder.
Second, Tactrol™, our proprietary deposit control additive is included. This additive is a detergent that is designed to help keep engines operating efficiently and reliably by removing deposits formed in the fuel and intake system.
Third, WinterGas includes an additional additive which is a gas-line anti-freeze that keeps fuel moving when temperatures start to drop."
Basically, WinterGas helps with cold weather start ups, helps prevent fuel line freezing and keeps your fuel systems clean - all extremely important in our extreme Canadian weather!
Does WinterGas cost more?
Nope. WinterGas is available in all grades of gasoline and doesn't cost extra.
Where can I get WinterGas?
No other gas station in Canada makes WinterGas - it's available exclusively at Petro-Canada. As our old commercial says, "you have to live here to get it"!
For a slightly more technical explanation about WinterGas, visit our older post about WinterGas and how it works.
WinterGas is available until early March, when hopefully spring will save us all. What's the coldest it's been in your neck of the woods this winter? Let us know in the comments!
- Rose R.