Despite the government’s last-minute decision to extend a reduction in certain taxes for the next two months, we recently have and will eventually again face a fuel increase.
FUEL PRICES WOULD HAVE GONE UP BY R4-PER LITRE
We are all now forced to look at simple ways of saving fuel.
We reported earlier that Ministers Gwede Mantashe and Enoch Godongwana have agreed to slash the General Fuel Levy for two months. Had it been allowed to expire as planned this evening, South Africans would likely have paid about R4-per-litre MORE on their fuel in June.
The General Fuel Levy has been reduced by R1.50 – as it has been since April. However, from 7 July, that number comes down to 75 cents. The offer will finally expire on 2 August 2022, and the government is expected to pump around R4.5 billion into these adjustments.
HOW MUCH ARE WE PAYING FOR OUR PETROL AND DIESEL IN JUNE?
As earlier reported with the official changes, we can confirm that Petrol Grade 93 has gone up by R2.43 per-litre from Wednesday 1 June. Had it not been for the state intervention, some petrol consumers would be staring down the barrel of a R4p/l increase.
Petrol Grade 95 has also gone up by R2.33p/l, whereas R1.10 will be added to the value of diesel.
Taking these changes into account, we’ve calculated what every road user will have to pay (on a per-litre basis) for their fuel in June:
- Petrol Grade 93: R23.94
- Petrol Grade 95: R24.17
- Diesel Wholesale: R23.09
- Petrol Grade 93: R23.29
- Petrol Grade 95: R23.42
- Diesel Wholesale: R22.47
HOW CAN YOU SAVE FUEL?
- Anticipate changes to traffic conditions and minimise unnecessary braking and acceleration.
- Reducing speed by 20km/h can reduce fuel consumption by 20%.
- Plan your route and use traffic apps and alerts to avoid traffic jams and congestion.
- Keep your RPMs around 3 000 as it can also reduce your consumption by 20%.
- Regular maintenance improves fuel efficiency.
- Minimum use of the aircon.
“South Africa is also heading into the coldest months of the year and a dip in temperatures can also reduce a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
“Much of the research on this is conducted in areas that experience drops in temperatures of up to 25 degrees celsius and consequently the reduction in efficiency can be as high as 12%. While South Africa is highly unlikely to see a 25-degree drop in temperature, there is still an inevitable drop in temperatures and consequently, reduction in fuel efficiency.”Eugene Herbert
WITH THE COLD MONTHS YOU NEED TO THINK OF THE FOLLOWING:
Ensure you reduce the effect winter can have on your fuel consumption in the following ways:
- Tyre pressure: as temperatures drop so does your tyre pressure and as this decreases so does your fuel economy. Additionally, if your area experiences slippery roads, it also becomes a danger. Check your tyre pressure first thing in the morning when they are coldest to get the most accurate reading, if your car does not automatically monitor tyre pressure.
- Park inside: if you have a garage avoid the temptation to leave your car out overnight. When temperatures drop engine fluids thicken and use more energy to thin out. Parking inside reduces the effect of this and your consumption of fuel.
- Warmups are unnecessary: as technology improves, the need to warm your car’s engine before driving has become unnecessary in most cars. Even if you do need to warm the engine of your older model vehicle, it’s more effective to do that by driving slowly and carefully than what it is to leave your car idling in the driveway.
- Never forget: irrespective of whether it is winter or summer, remember the important tips when comes to reducing your fuel consumption; remove unnecessary items from your car, ensure maintenance is up-to-date, drive fuel-efficiently and remove anything from your car that reduce its aerodynamics.
- Be prepared: particularly in older model vehicles, replace your air filter if necessary. A dirty air filter can directly impact fuel consumption.