OK, raise your hand if you've been driving around for miles with the fuel light on, trying to squeeze out one extra trip or find the cheapest...

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OK, raise your hand if you’ve been driving around for miles with the fuel light on, trying to squeeze out one extra trip or find the cheapest gas.

If you keep that up, you’ll likely be calling someone like Ronnie White, owner of Ronnie White Tire and Towing in Youngsville, N.C.

Recently, his business is up almost 20 percent because of calls from people stranded on the road without gas.

“It’s a common thing, I’m afraid,” White says.

Driving around on low fuel can damage your car, says Carol Gifford, a spokeswoman at motor club AAA Carolinas.

Sediment — rust, dirt and other debris — collects at the bottom of the fuel tank. When you run low on gas, the sediment can clog up the fuel pump and damage the fuel injector and fuel filter, Gifford says.

If drivers really want to save on fuel, they should follow other common gas-saving tips that have been touted for decades:

• Avoid revving the engine. Accelerate slowly from a dead stop.

• Don’t speed.

• Avoid rough roads.

• Take shortcuts or put all your trips together.

• Avoid backing up; it uses more fuel.

• Get regular tune-ups.

• Inflate tires to the proper pressure.

• Remove vinyl tops and excess weight from your trunk and car.

And by all means, when the fuel light comes on, get some gas.