Petrol price re­lief ex­pected

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

MO­TORISTS may have some re­lief this month with the price of petrol ex­pected to de­crease.

De­spite last month’s pre­dic­tion that the price could in­crease this month, the Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (AA) says the fuel price mod­er­ated dur­ing Oc­to­ber, which will prove good news for mo­torists.

Ac­cord­ing to the unau­dited mon­thend fuel price data re­leased by the Cen­tral En­ergy Fund, petrol is likely to drop by 16 cents a litre, with both diesel and paraf­fin ex­pected to in­crease by 30 cents a litre.

‘The ex­change rate started the month badly, but has since lev­elled out.

‘The rand’s mod­est gains against the US dol­lar have helped cush­ion the im­pact of rises in the landed price of fuel in the case of diesel and illuminating paraf­fin.

‘Both diesel and illuminating paraf­fin ex­pe­ri­enced sub­stan­tial jumps in their landed prices, whereas the landed price of petrol re­mained al­most un­changed in Oc­to­ber,’ the AA said.

Their state­ment added that the in­ter­na­tional petroleum prices have shown mod­est de­clines in the past month.

‘This could be seen as a cause for op­ti­mism.’

‘If the rand main­tains its cur­rent tra­jec­tory of rel­a­tive sta­bil­ity, this could au­gur well for the fuel prices as the Christ­mas sea­son ap­proaches. How­ever, we cau­tion against pre­ma­ture cel­e­bra­tion,’ the AA said.

Tips for mo­torists to im­prove their fuel ef­fi­ciency

• Avoid un­nes­sary de­tours/plan your

jour­ney cor­rectly.

• Ser­vice your car ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mended sched­ule. Poor main­te­nance can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease fuel con­sump­tion.

• Check your tyre pres­sure reg­u­larly. Low tyre pres­sure in­creases your drag.

• Mod­er­ate your speed, and drive smoothly, main­tain­ing a steady speed.

• Use your air con­di­tioner spar­ingly.

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