Fuel prices lower, but be careful when filling up

Monday, April 15, 2013

Winter seems to be hanging on in Southwest Nebraska, but a look at the calendar -- and noting the time of day when it gets light -- proves that, yes, it is spring.

Thus it's a surprise to note that the average price of gasoline -- $3.53 per gallon in McCook today -- decreased in March for the first time in 10 years.

Thanks to increased refinery production and lower oil prices, April gas prices are expected to be lower as well, according to AAA Nebraska.

More production, as well as lower demand as more and more drivers trade in older vehicles for newer more fuel-efficient vehicles, should result in gas prices lower than last year, predicts AAA.

That's good news for those of us planning our summer vacations, but be careful about trying to save money by burning fuel with a higher portion of ethanol than your vehicle is designed to use.

While we have used this space to support E15 -- a 15 percent ethanol blend -- it's important to make sure your vehicle can use it safely.

While the use of ethanol supports agriculture and a clean environment, using E15 or any other unapproved fuel can void your vehicle's warranty.

The only vehicles currently approved and warrantied for E15 use by automakers are flex-fuel vehicles, 2001 model and newer Porsches, 2012 and newer GM vehicles and 2013 Fords.

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