- Taking off slowly from stops
- Keeping your tires inflated at its recommend pressure
- Changing your air filters from time to time
- and driving at a consistent speed
are all good tips but it wasn’t enough for me. I still wanted to know more. A while back a good friend of mine told me that premium gas gets you better gas millage. He said that although it costs a little more, in the end he gets 80-90 miles more than using premium and it out weights the cost. So just out of curiosity, I did the math just to see what he was talking about.
If premium is running at $2.99 and his tank fills up at 12 gallons, then it would cost him $35.88 to fill his tank. If regular is going at $2.69 per gallon, a full tank would cost him $32.28. So it only costs him $3.60 to go from regular to premium and getting an additional 80-90 miles. I was thinking, wow thats awesome. I need to start buying premium! At this point I was really excited.
So I decided to give it a try. My car usually gets somewhere around 350-375 miles per tank(I drive mostly highway) using regular. After a month of using premium, which is about 4 full tanks, I was done with my experiment. I have to say I was quite disappointed, my car did not have any effect what so ever using premium. I was still getting my usual 350-375 miles each time before having to fill up.
I told my friend about my little experiment and how it had no effect on my car going from regular to premium. We were both puzzled at first but then we came to the conclusion that maybe it was because he was driving an older car. He drives the same make and model as me but 11 years older(1992 Honda Civic).
Although my experiment didn’t necessary help me any, I thought I share it with my readers. If you drive an older vehicle and want to do a little experiment go for it, it only costs you about 4 bucks to see if you can possibly get an extra 80-90 miles in your car. I think its definitely worth trying. Even if you drive a newer vehicle, still doesn’t hurt to give it a try. Go ahead and try it the next time you go to the gas station and let me know how it goes. You can email me your results at moneywalks(at)gmail(dot)com, I’d love to hear your story. Also make sure before you try this that your car can take premium, I’ve ran into some cars that can only take regular.