If Your Vehicle Doesn't Require It, Premium May Not Be Worth It
13 December, 2017, 06:37 | Author: Sheri Evans
"AAA's testing reveals that drivers could see modest gains in fuel economy and performance when opting for premium gasoline in vehicles that recommend, but do not require, the higher-octane fuel", Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center, said in a statement. As a result, AAA recommends drivers weigh the potential benefits against the cost of using premium gasoline if their vehicle doesn't require it.
Gas prices at this time of year have varied greatly in recent years.
The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia were in Savannah at $2.37 per gallon, Brunswick at $2.36 and Atlanta at $2.34.
Vehicles that require premium gasoline should always use it, AAA said.
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As the gap between regular and premium gas prices has widened to a national average of almost 54 cents, according to data from gas-tracking smartphone app GasBuddy.com, it's especially important to be wary of how much is being spent at the pump.
In a study released previous year, AAA found consumers wasted almost $2.1 billion fueling vehicles that neither recommended or required premium gasoline.
Drivers who choose to use premium fuel should shop around for the best price. "Fewer than five years ago, only a 10 percent gap existed between premium and regular".
After a comprehensive study over the past couple years, AAA says that by using premium, engine performance may be improved "in certain conditions", but overall, motorists were basically giving their money away buying the high-priced petrol instead of regular.
Because prices for premium vary greatly across the USA, both AAA and GasBuddy urge drivers to shop around for the best prices. Six states in the region are on the top ten most expensive list for gasoline prices: Hawaii ($3.29), Alaska ($3.21), California ($3.13), Washington ($2.95), OR ($2.80) and Nevada ($2.68).
Motorists throughout Virginia have seen prices at the pump drop steadily throughout the week, as much as three cents in some areas, outpacing the national trend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. It will run just fine on Regular under most circumstances, he said.
"In Chicago, some gas stations are charging $1 per gallon more", DeHaan said. But new research by AAA shows that paying-up for premium may not be worth the extra money, unless the vehicle absolutely requires it. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.
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