Gas prices nearly back to pre-Harvey levels

Gas prices nearly back to pre-Harvey levels

Gas prices in Rockford are down more than 5¢ over the past week, bringing the average tank of gas locally below the national rate. East Coast and Midwest states are seeing the largest drops in gas prices - as much as six cents - in the last week.

The Energy Information Administration reports a decrease in demand for gasoline which AAA predicts will allow gas prices to continue fall throughout the rest of the year. It was only these states that saw prices rise, ruining an otherwise countrywide drop in gas 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).

While some vehicles are created to run on premium octane gasoline, others simply recommend it. AAA set out to determine the effects of using premium gasoline in vehicles that recommend it and whether the benefits in fuel economy and horsepower are worth the higher price at the pump.

Last year, AAA undertook an extensive study of whether motorists can gain anything from using premium gasoline.




Of course, the AAA study wasn't exactly high science-it (or, rather, the Auto Club of California, which actually physically ran the tests) tested only six different vehicles: a 3.5-liter Ecoboost Ford F-150, a 6.2-liter V8 Cadillac Escalade, a 5.0-liter V8 Ford Mustang, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Mazda MX-5 Miata, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Audi A3, and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder Jeep Renegade. While the group's previous research determined there was no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle created to operate on regular fuel, the latest study found that "some vehicles - those that recommend, but do not require premium gasoline - may see increased fuel economy and performance under certain driving conditions when using the higher-octane gasoline".

If premium is recommended but not required for your vehicle, it may not be worth the extra cost, which can run as high as 25 percent or more than regular gasoline, suggests research out Tuesday. On average, vehicles produced 1.4% more horsepower using Premium. The vehicles AAA tested averaged just a 1.4% increase in horsepower.

That means fuel savings are not enough to offset the cost difference between Regular and Premium gas. A series of tests were conducted to determine whether the use of premium gasoline resulted in improved fuel economy and increased performance (horsepower). 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.

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