Local gas prices continue to drop

Turns out Premium gas doesn't do much

Turns out Premium gas doesn't do much

"The gap between premium and regular gas has been steadily rising since 2009, with the most dramatic increase occurring in the last two years", Jeanette Casselano, AAA gas price expert, said in a release. It was $2.26 last week, and $2.27 last month.

AAA says gas prices are expected to drop as supply strengthens and the demand for gasoline weakens throughout the winter. On balance, premium gas yielded modest improvements in fuel economy and performance - but not enough to warrant the additional expense, according to AAA. "Drivers see the "premium" name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle", John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and fix, said in a news release.

The local average was 23 cents per gallon lower than the national average of $2.47 per gallon.

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Some 1.5 million cars and trucks were sold in the US a year ago that advise motorists to use premium gas.

You may think it's better than "Regular" gasoline because, well, it is called "Premium" and it costs more. But that's just an average.

For those vehicles that do not recommend or require premium gasoline, AAA suggests drivers opt for the lower priced, regular fuel.

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"Each vehicle was tested on a dynamometer, which measures horsepower, and emissions testing equipment to determine fuel economy and tailpipe emissions when using both fuel types in a variety of driving conditions".

In a study released previous year, AAA found consumers wasted almost $2.1 billion fueling vehicles that neither recommended or required premium gasoline.

AAA tested Premium and Regular gasoline in six vehicles: a Ford F-150, a Cadillac Escalade, a Mazda Miata, an Audi A3, a Ford Mustang GT and a Jeep Renegade. In those engines, using Premium fuel won't hurt anything, but it also won't improve anything, either. "AAA cautions drivers that premium gasoline is higher octane, not higher quality, and urges drivers to follow the owner's manual recommendations for their vehicle's fuel". But most engines are created to run on Regular all the time.

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