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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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Decrease in fatalities welcome – but more needs to be done

The small decrease in the number of fatalities on South African roads between the December 2022 and January 2023 festive period and the 2023/2024 period is commendable and signals a slight improvement in road safety efforts by authorities. However, the Automobile Association (AA) remains concerned that the deaths of 1427 road users during the festive period is still too high, and that more needs to be done to effectively deal with road safety in South Africa. Transport Minister Sindisiwe...

2024 to start on positive fuel note for consumers

Despite the volatile Rand and concerns around shipping routes in the Red Sea, local fuel prices are still expected to decrease when they are adjusted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy next Wednesday. Commenting on unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Automobile Association (AA) says the numbers are still pointing to reductions to fuel prices across the board.   According to the CEF’s figures, ULP95 petrol is expected to be lower by around 54cents a litre while...

Good fuel news for motorists to start 2024

South African motorists can expect significant fuel price reductions to kick-off 2024 says the Automobile Association (AA). Commenting on unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the AA says both grades of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin prices are showing substantial decreases that will ease the financial pressure on consumers in January. “According to the data, ULP93 will decrease by around 68 cents/litre, and ULP95 will decrease by 82c/l. Diesel is set to decrease...