fuel-efficiency-300x199Remember those days you would pull away from the gas station and not feel like you gave away part of your child’s tuition? When gas prices were well below $3.00 a gallon? Since those days are long gone, it seems the only viable option now is to find a gas station around you that offers the lowest pricing. When you go to a gas station though, most drivers would’t be able to tell you the difference between regular or premium gasoline. Sure, you see the different choices there, but what do they actually mean?

To help sort this out, first we need to look at what octane ratings are. Octane ratings are a standard measure of how well your car will perform on the fuel you put in. Regular gasoline has a lower rating of an octane rating, whereas premium has the highest. The higher octane gasoline is typically meant for specialty engines, or those on turbocharged sports cars. Most cars are designed to run on regular gasoline. If you ever have a question on which to use, you can always look back to your vehicles owner’s manual.

There is a common misconception that a lot of driver’s have about the different grades of gasoline and that is, they think even if their car can run just fine on regular that if they purchase the higher octane gas, it will provide added benefits for cars, such as preventing damage to your engine or even keep your engine cleaner. The fact is, that there are strict regulations that require a certain level of detergents on ALL grades of gasoline, so save that extra money for something else!

If you do have a vehicle however, that is one that requires premium gasoline, it is not a good idea to ever put regular gasoline into your car as it could cause irreversible damage to your engine.

Hopefully after reading this, when you pull up to a gas station you will have a better understanding of the choices before you, and why they are in place.