Despite the higher cost, there are a few good reasons to use premium fuel in your vehicle. There are also a few reasons why it may not be necessary. Getting the most cost-effective insurances and the right fuel for your vehicle can save you a large amount of money in the long run.
If your car is designed to be a high-performance vehicle, the manufacturer usually recommends that you put premium fuel into its tank. This is due to the fact that the level of performance they are claiming for the vehicle can usually only be accomplished with the quality ingredients of premium fuel. If your manufacturer recommends premium but you decide to use regular fuel, you could be at risk of invalidating your warranty.
Because premium fuel contains a higher octane level than regular fuel, any vehicle with a larger octane appetite will run markedly better with premium fuel. This includes older cars where deposits may have accumulated in the combustion chamber as well as any vehicles that do not come equipped with electronic knock control. Most other cars, however, will not be damaged by using regular, lower-octane fuel types.
There are also a number of driving conditions in which your car will benefit from a higher-octane level of fuel. These include times when you are towing a heavier load than usual or when you are driving in a low-altitude area. High temperature driving conditions can also justify the use of premium gasoline.
Another reason for investing in higher-octane premium fuel is the mileage and power factors. Most vehicles get an eight to ten percent increase in power when running on premium fuel and another five to ten percent improvement in fuel efficiency. A vehicle’s fuel economy when using premium fuel shows a marked improvement especially when driving on the highway. Due to the higher levels of octane, premium fuel allows the timing in your engine to be slightly more advanced and this allows it to run both smoother and more efficiently.
On the other hand, when driving around town, most motorists would not even notice a difference in their fuel economy between when using premium fuel and when simply using regular. Extensive testing has been done on many different types of vehicles both older and newer. The general consensus is that the average five percent increase in fuel economy is hardly noticeable to the average driver. This effect is, of course, even larger when premium fuel is used in higher-performance cars, but for smaller, regular cars, the difference is minimal.
Be certain that your odometer is reset and that your gas tank is almost empty before going to the gas station to fill up the gas. Jot down the total mileage you drove from filling up three tanks of regular gas. Then do the same with three tanks of premium fuel after you have emptied the third tank of regular gas. If there is a difference, write it down. If you prefer premium fuel, then stick with it! Continue using regular gas if you don’t notice a significant difference with premium.
News articles and market reports can often provide vital information that can save you money. Your insurance brokers can discuss with you what the best options are for you when it comes to drafting an insurance policy.