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NASCAR Catch Can Man Knows How to Save Fuel.

Drive-offs at the pump are becoming more and more of a problem these days for gas stations everywhere.


High gas prices will do that to a person; surely you can sympathize


Perhaps Sunoco could hook up a discount for avid NASCAR fans?


Until then, and before you go breaking any laws, stop and do your research on how to be more fuel efficient and get better gas mileage.


We called on Mike Metcalf, the catch can man for the No. 83 Team Red Bull Toyota Camry driven by Brian Vickers for help.


Of course, during a race, Metcalf flies through an abundance of fuel because his teams car is averaging 190 mph.


But when driving his personal vehicle, Metcalf always observes the speed limit.


We may go 200 mph on the track, but I always keep it under 70 mph on the highway, said Metcalf.


As a rule of thumb, Metcalf said you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.


Here are more tips to keep in mind to save you money at the pump:


  • Make sure your tires stay rotated and balanced; it will make the ride smoother resulting in better gas mileage.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and you could improve gas mileage by more than $1.50 every time you fill your tank. The recommended tire pressure for your vehicle is located on a sticker inside your driver-side door or noted in your owner's manual.
  • Service your vehicle often and stay on top of regular oil changes
  • Follow the recommend octane level for your vehicle
  • Drive your vehicle efficiently and loose the lead foot; aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas.
  • Use cruise control
  • Choose a more fuel-efficient vehicle. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $663 per year.
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