Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

The South African motorists, the CEO of the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) has revealed that the cost of 95-unleaded petrol could surge by almost R2 per litre, while diesel prices might skyrocket by nearly R3 per litre. This looming price hike would mark the highest petrol prices since July of the previous year, posing significant financial challenges for consumers.

While this data is typically a reliable indicator of upcoming price adjustments, it’s essential to note that the final prices may still vary. As of now, assuming the aforementioned predictions hold true, South African drivers can expect to pay approximately R23.76 for a litre of 95 Unleaded petrol along the coast and R24.48 in inland regions starting from September. Moreover, the more affordable 93 Unleaded petrol could see a theoretical increase to around R24.03 per litre.

The Automobile Association (AA) attributes the projected September price hikes primarily to surging international oil prices, with these prices playing a substantial role, contributing between 80% and 88% to the anticipated increases.

To help motorists cope with these impending fuel price hikes, experts offer valuable tips on fuel conservation:

  • Stick to the Speed Limits: Maintaining the prescribed speed limits not only ensures safety but also positively impacts fuel consumption. By driving at 110 km/h instead of 120 km/h, drivers can make long-term savings on their petrol bills.
  • Avoid Harsh Acceleration: Gentle acceleration is key to reducing fuel consumption. Gradual acceleration from traffic lights and stop signs is advised. It’s important not to overstrain the engine, especially by driving at high revs. For automatic car owners, light throttle use for early gear changes is recommended.
  • Keep a Safe Following Distance: Staying alert and maintaining a safe following distance enables smoother driving, helping to avoid abrupt braking. Gradual slowing down for changing traffic signals and stationary traffic is not only more economical but also beneficial for the vehicle.
  • Harness Momentum: Efficient use of a car’s momentum can conserve fuel. Building up speed before ascending inclines and coasting over hill crests by lifting off the accelerator pedal can capitalize on the car’s momentum to save fuel.
  • Use Air Conditioning Judiciously: While South African summers can be scorching, reliance on air conditioning can increase fuel consumption. Moderating air conditioning use can lead to fuel savings during journeys.

In light of these impending price increases, South African motorists are advised to adopt fuel-efficient driving practices to mitigate the impact on their wallets.

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