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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.

Holidays start soon, be prepared

Public schools across South Africa close in less than a month on 4 December and the Automobile Association (AA) urges all motorists to prepare now for what is traditionally the busiest and most dangerous time to be on South African roads. “Statistics show more people are on our roads during the holiday break, and more people die in car crashes during this festive period than any other time....

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Fuel to drop as oil eases

Fuel prices are set for slight drops across the board in the wake of oil price retreats in October. This is according to the AA, which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). "The Rand has pulled back from its high point at the start of October. This ongoing decline in the average exchange rate has meant that most of its losses have...

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Plan ahead for motoring peace-of-mind

Do you know the difference between a service plan and a maintenance plan? What about a factory warranty, and an extended factory warranty? For many consumers, particularly first-time car buyers, understanding these options can be confusing, and stressful. Many buyers also don’t know what their rights are and whether these products are optional or mandatory. “When buying a vehicle, it’s important...

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Rand weighs heavily on fuel picture

Sudden Rand weakness after a lengthy period of stability has put pressure on the fuel price and left South African fuel users at the mercy of international oil markets. This is according to the unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. Based on the current data, petrol is showing an increase of up to ten cents a litre, illuminating paraffin 12 cents, and diesel as...

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Focus on e-tolls in second open letter from the AA to Minister of Transport

Dear Minister Mbalula, In June we congratulated you on your appointment and outlined several areas of our transport environment we believe need urgent attention. These included road safety, the AARTO legislation, law enforcement, and pedestrian safety. In this spirit of playing an active role as a partner to the Department of Transport, we would like to engage with you on the issue of road...

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Fuel in the red on exchange rate woes

Weakness in the Rand is expected to drive fuel prices higher in September. This is according to the unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. According to the figures, 95 octane will rise by ten cents a litre, and diesel by 25 cents. Illuminating paraffin is also expected to climb by 21 cents. The only positive out of the latest figures is 93 octane which is...

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AA assists drivers become first-generation business owners

KEYS TO A NEW FUTURE … Mr Sikkie Kajee, Chairman of the Automobile Association (right), and Mr Noelan Vandayar: Executive Operations and Strategy (left), handing over the keys of a towing vehicle to Mr Simon Ngwenya, one of the 60 drivers who will benefit from the Automobile Association’s new empowerment development programme which went live on 1 September. (Picture Credit: Supplied, Automobile...

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AA launches Insurance Supermarket

To bolster its current insurance service offering to clients, the Automobile Association (AA) has merged its AA Broking Services with Insurance Supermarket Insurance Brokers which, from 1 September, became AA Insurance Supermarket. Through this transaction, the AA is extending its partnership with Halls Financial Services (HFS). AA Insurance Supermarket is an insurance brokerage specialising in...

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Travelling in Africa? You need to read this first

Travelling in Africa can be a wonderful, life-enriching experience. For South Africans, exploring other countries on the continent can also be relatively affordable making it very attractive for those wanting to holiday on a budget. But, says AA Travel, South Africans must be aware of the rules and regulations of travel within Africa, particularly if they are going to be travelling with their...

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Saudi drone strikes will Impact local fuel prices

Drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil refinery have wrought chaos on world oil markets and made the forecasting of the oil price more difficult. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "The refinery strike was a game-changer for the way oil price stability is viewed. At a...

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Fuel set to climb on Saudi attacks

South African fuel prices are set to climb in October in the wake of the mid-September drone attacks on the Abqaiq oil refinery in Saudi Arabia. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which says that although oil prices ticked up in the first two weeks of September, the impact of the attacks caused a further sharp price spike. The current picture predicts an increase of around 19...

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More people keeping their cars for longer

More than 90 percent of South Africans say they are keeping their vehicles for longer due to the current economy, with just over 40 percent saying they are keeping their cars for between five and ten years. These are among the findings in the Automobile Association’s (AA) latest research conducted earlier this year entitled “Going Further”. “The purpose of the research was to determine if...

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Fuel picture mixed as oil, Rand take a breather

Fuel prices are showing a mixed picture for November, with some prices predicted to climb and others falling. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. In an indication of how flat the month has been to date, the AA notes that different fuels are heading in different directions. 93 octane...

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AARTO amendments introduce more ‘stealth taxes’

The Automobile Association (AA) says government is adding ‘stealth tax’ to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, with the introduction of a so-called Infringement Penalty Levy, which is provided for in the recently published draft regulations for the AARTO Act. “With regards to the Infringement Penalty Levy, the regulations directly imply the imposition of a tax....

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Consumers have sent a clear message on e-tolls

The Automobile Association (AA) says the Ministerial Task Team deliberating on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng must consider from the outset that the current model of funding for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) has failed, and is doomed to remain a failure if pursued. The Association says research from its newly-released Road Funding Report is clear that Gauteng road users have...

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Mixed picture again for fuel price

Fuel prices for August are set for changes with petrol up and diesel down. This is according to the unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. International oil prices have steadily trended upwards since the start of June, although there has been a slight pullback since a peak on July 11. Since then, diesel prices have edged higher while petrol remained flat,...

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Easter 2019: Don’t become a statistic

Don’t become a statistic this Easter. This is our message to you – ahead of the Easter long weekend which starts on Friday (19 April 2019). We are appealing to South Africans to be vigilant, focussed, and aware while on the country’s roads either while walking, cycling, riding a motorcycle or in a vehicle. While this year’s Easter period doesn’t coincide with government school holidays, traffic...

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Future mobility on show at Sun City

FIA President, Mr Jean Todt (left), and South African Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, during the inaugural trip on the autonomous, fully electric Navya Shuttle, demonstrated for the first time at Sun City on Monday, 29 April. The Navya Autonomous Electric Shuttle will allow delegates to commute between the different venues for the duration of the Conference, which ends on 3 May....

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Fuel price see-saw as Rand, oil face off

Fuel data for May is showing a listless fuel price picture. This is according to the unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The overall picture is of little change. The Rand has slipped marginally by thirteen cents against the US dollar since the Department of Energy's surprise early announcement of the May fuel price on Sunday, April 28. The international oil...

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