16.5 million US drivers need to lay off the premium gas, AAA says

9NEWS @ 9. 9/20/2016

KUSA - Do you exclusively pump premium gas into your car?

Well, you might not have to. In fact, you may be one of the American drivers who wasted $2.1 billion last year using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel.

According to AAA, 16.5 million U.S. drivers used premium fuel despite the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation in the last 12 months.

After using industry-standard test protocols designed to evaluate vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions, AAA found no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that only requires regular-grade fuel.

“Drivers see the ‘premium’ name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “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.”

Read more about AAA's findings here

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