Local gas prices continue to drop

13 December, 2017, 06:36 | Author: Lora Ball
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However, according to new research by AAA, using more expensive premium gas on vehicles that don't require it is just throwing money away. "Those seeking the maximum capabilities of their performance-focused or utility vehicle may see some benefit from using premium gasoline, particularly over the long haul".

Gas prices are forecast to gradually decline over the next two months, but are higher than they have been in recent years.

On Tuesday in Florida, the state average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.40.

"When it comes to gasoline, "premium" does not mean "better" if your vehicle doesn't require it", Nielsen, said of the AAA study.

"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". "Fewer than five years ago, only a 10 percent gap existed between premium and regular". But previous year, almost 1.5 million new vehicles sold in the United States merely recommended, not required, premium fuel.

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Because prices for premium vary greatly across the US, both AAA and GasBuddy urge drivers to shop around for the best prices.

States with the highest average gas prices: Hawaii ($3.29), Alaska ($3.22), California ($3.15), Washington ($2.91), OR ($2.78), Pennsylvania ($2.73), Nevada ($2.72), CT ($2.69), NY ($2.67) and Montana ($2.62). Premium gasoline, that exclusive liquid reserved for only the choicest drivers and vehicles, may be a big waste of money for most drivers, the national autoclub says.

So even if the manufacturer recommends it, premium gas may not be worth it, given the premium price, AAA researchers have concluded.

"In Chicago, some gas stations are charging $1 per gallon more", DeHaan said. It costs about 50 cents more per gallon, according to AAA. For this latest research, AAA partnered with the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center to determine what, if any, benefit premium gasoline offers vehicles that recommend, but do not require, the use of premium gasoline. That figure, he indicated, has been fairly steady since 2015. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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