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From advice on planning a road trip to how to keep your tyres in top condition, read our latest articles for motoring news, insights, tips, etc.

ESCAPE THE WINTER BLUES WITH THESE SHO’T LEFT GETAWAYS

ESCAPE THE WINTER BLUES WITH THESE SHO’T LEFT GETAWAYS

What’s the best way to escape the winter blues? It’s heading off for a spontaneous weekend getaway! Nothing beats the feeling of turning your back on the city to explore the roads less travelled and discover South Africa’s hidden gems. And with access to a comprehensive list of AA-approved accommodation, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best value for money during your stay.

Need inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

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Be sure with AAQA

Be sure with AAQA

The COVID-19 pandemic hit everyone hard, but the hospitality sector, in particular, suffered immensely because of travel and lockdown restrictions. Many hospitality establishments, sadly, had to reduce staff numbers and, worse, faced the prospects of closure.

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Fuel prices higher on ominous oil – AA

Fuel prices higher on ominous oil – AA

South African fuel users are set to be hit with yet more steep price hikes going into March. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The Association says although the Rand performed well against the US dollar during February, gaining around 14 cents, it was far below what was needed to...

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Weekend getaways: Take a mini-break this March

With its mountains, oceans, forests, vineyards, Big Five game reserves, exciting cities and more, South Africa really does have it all. And with so many options available to us within a short drive from our major cities, South Africa makes it easy to head out on weekend getaways. Did you know? Long weekend getaways are good for your health and well-being. Taking a mini-break benefits you...

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How to prepare your car for a road trip

The March school holidays are upon us and it’s time for a road trip. Heading to the beach? Going to the bush? Don’t be stranded. Wherever your destination, you need to make sure that your car is road-trip-ready so that your holiday isn’t ruined by a vehicle breakdown or other car trouble. Here’s our handy car maintenance checklist to prepare your car for the road: Pop the hood: Check your engine...

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What to do after a road accident in South Africa

Whether you’re involved in a bumper bashing or a more serious crash; whether you’re a driver, passenger or even an onlooker, a road accident is an upsetting situation in which to find yourself. As soon as you are over the initial shock, what do you do? Here’s our guide to what to do after an accident: 1. Stop your car and stay at the scene Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road...

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The qualities of a good driver

The qualities of a good driver Everyone thinks they are a good driver. But, knowing the clutch from the brake pedal doesn’t necessarily make you a good driver. It’s a skill that demands constant honing and polishing, and it has a lot more to do with character and personality type than one would think. Attitude If you don’t have the right attitude, it won't matter how much knowledge or skill you...

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Best Getaways for a Girls’ Weekend

To celebrate Women’s Month, gather your girls and hit the road for a weekend getaway to do what you do best, together: relax, catch up on gossip, sip a glass or two of wine and enjoy a well-deserved massage or mani-pedi. If you’re wondering where to escape for your girls’ weekend getaway, we have you covered! Check out these AA-approved accommodation options near you. Escape to luxury in the...

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Spring clean your car today

Spring has sprung, and its time to get your house in order! But instead of just focusing on spring cleaning your home, the warmer weather also presents you with the perfect excuse to give your car some attention too. Here’s how to give your car some TLC after a long winter. 1. Wash off the Winter Cleaning your car doesn’t just make it look better, it also extends the life of your paintwork (so...

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Take a journey back in time to explore our history and heritage

With almost 100 years of history behind us, we have a proud South African heritage. Take a journey back in time with us and discover the milestone moments that allowed us to evolve and grow to ultimately become South Africa's most trusted roadside rescue partner. Born in the Friendly City at the turn of the Century In order to protect and promote the interests of motorists in South Africa,...

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What to do in a bumper bashing

A bumper bashing refers to an incident in which a car bumps into the rear of the car in front of it. Bumper bashings happen more frequently during the rainy season, which is why it is important to know what to do should you find yourself in this situation. Although considered minor incidents, if you are involved in a bumper bashing you need to stop your car, put the hazard lights on, and ensure...

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Road Rule Myths: Busted

So you think you know the rules of the road? South African road rules are pretty clear; red means stop and green means go. But what about using earphones while driving, or driving in heels? Motorists still harbour several misconceptions about the rules of the road. Here are the top assumptions motorists make about road rules, and whether they’re true or false: 1. Gated estate roads are private...

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Holiday Travel Tips from the AA

For many South Africans, the December summer break means road-tripping along one of our national highways. It’s one of the busiest times on our roads and by default, one of the most frustrating times for motorists. As thousands of people embark on their well-deserved Christmas holidays, congestion escalates and impatience mounts, leading to irritation, road rage, reckless driving… and ultimately...

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Home for the Holidays: Fun and Festive Things to do

It’s the holidays! Are the kids already moaning "I'm bored!"? Here are 7 fun activities to keep them occupied if you’re home for the holidays, plus a couple of local events to get into the festive spirit. Advent calendar of things to do for kids In the same way your child looks forward to opening their advent calendar daily for the treat inside, why not create a fun “to-do list” calendar? Each...

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9 ways to save fuel

Did you know that a well-maintained car uses between 10 and 20% less fuel than an improperly maintained vehicle? Things like regular services, correct tyre pressure and proper wheel alignment can make the world of difference to your fuel consumption, and your pocket. At the AA, we want to empower all road users in South Africa, which is why we have compiled a list of nine ways to save on your...

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Staying safe while driving/commuting at night

At some point we all have to drive in the dark, whether it’s commuting to work during the darker winter mornings, leaving early on a road trip, or driving home at night from a social engagement. For some people, driving at night makes them feel less confident. Driving at night is more dangerous than driving in the day. Depth perception, the ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision,...

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Why you shouldn’t drive in high heels

Why You Shouldn’t Drive in Heels In South Africa, driving in heels is not against the law, but that doesn’t mean you should strap on your expensive high heels and get behind the wheel. Why? Because your shoes affect your driving ability and your heels, no matter how glamorous, are possibly the worst choice for driving. How do shoes affect your driving ability? When you're driving, your feet and...

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5 tips to make SA’s roads safer

South Africans spend a lot of time on the road. Whether travelling to and from work in a car, commuting via public transport, riding a bike, or as pedestrians - we’re on the road every day. This is one of the main reasons why we need to work towards fostering mutual respect and responsibility on the road during our travels. It all starts with you - and this is why we’re giving you five tips to...

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Friends don’t let friends lose sight of the road

We know how much fun it is to hit the road with your friends; to pump the tunes and steer the wheel towards a night out on the town. Getting your driver’s licence is a milestone, but getting the keys to a car is a big responsibility. In South Africa, the death rate of young drivers is at least five times higher than that of older people, with car accidents as the leading cause of death among...

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20 car essentials you need for anytime travels

Whether your car gets a flat battery or breaks down on the side of the road, here are some things you always need to keep with you in the car. Check out our list of 20 essentials to have on hand in any scenario, plus download our checklist for your own use. First aid kit Every car needs a first aid kit. You can buy a fully packed kit from a reputable outlet, or assemble your own. We suggest you...

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Escape the Winter Blues with these Sho’t Left Getaways

What’s the best way to escape the winter blues? It’s heading off for a spontaneous weekend getaway! Nothing beats the feeling of turning your back on the city to explore the roads less travelled and discover South Africa’s hidden gems. And with access to a comprehensive list of AA-approved accommodation, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best value for money during your stay. Need...

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How to calculate your car’s fuel consumption

With the petrol price continuing to rise, it is well worth it to know how to calculate your car’s fuel efficiency. If you know your fuel efficiency, you can budget more accurately, and you can also make some improvements to how you drive. The following factors could affect your car’s fuel consumption: Irregular servicing Under-inflated tyres Air conditioning Traffic density Air temperature...

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Car tyre safety remains a problem in SA

Car tyre safety remains a massive problem that, if addressed effectively, can play a significant role in reducing the carnage on South African roads. At a recent event the AA held a car tyre safety demonstration at the Gerotek Test Facilities west of Pretoria, which highlighted the dangers of driving with worn or damaged tyres. The tyre safety demonstration highlighted the need for better...

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Long distance driving tips

With so many spectacular long-distance holiday destinations in South Africa, staying safe on the road is essential for you and your family. A ‘long distance’ trip is generally a trip of 300 km or more, or longer than three hours. Here are ten long distance driving tips that will help you this holiday season. Tips: 1. Plan ahead Know where you are going. This will ensure your drive is relaxing...

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