Buying premium gas makes you feel like you're feeding your car kale instead of hamburgers. Take care of it, and it'll take care of you. But for many Americans, buying that kale's just a big waste of money -- because despite what you think, your car's designed to run on hamburgers.
A recent study conducted by AAA found that American drivers are unnecessarily spending upwards of $2 billion annually on premium gas, as the majority of Americans who use premium, 93-octane fuel drive cars that don’t even require it. According to AAA, 16.5 million drivers have bought premium gas in the last year, but just 16% of them drive cars that actually need it.
Seventy percent of motorists have cars that require regular, 87-octane fuel -- so if you’re in this camp, and still use premium, you’re contributing funds to a $2 billion void, and your car isn’t even benefitting.
Notably, AAA says that while “premium” sounds nice, the gas isn’t higher quality, it’s higher octane. “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,” John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, said in a statement.