The petrol price will rise by 74c a litre from Wednesday, while the wholesale price of diesel will increase by up to 93c, the energy department said on Monday.

South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, based on international oil prices, import costs such as shipping and the rand exchange rate.

“The average brent crude oil price increased from $60 to $64 per barrel during the period under review,” the energy department said, citing an agreement by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), other non-Opec producers and Russia to reduce oil supply to global markets by 1,2 million barrels per day.

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The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin, an energy source used by many poor South African households, will rise by 76c per litre, while the single maximum national retail price will jump 102c per litre. Liquid petroleum gas will cost 101c more per kilogram from Wednesday.

In light of the huge hike, here are some tips for saving petrol:

  • Keep weight down by removing unnecessary items in the car. Get rid of any junk in your boot.
  • Use your vehicle’s climate control instead of opening windows. A car’s aerodynamic efficiency is best with the windows shut.
  • If you can, get a car with cruise control. It’s a good tool for consistent, linear throttle inputs, which human legs have no hope of mustering. It’ll save you fuel in the long run.
  • Adopt a smooth driving style and avoid harsh throttle responses and unnecessary braking on open roads, with good timing when executing overtaking manoeuvres.
  • Plan ahead by choosing quieter roads or embark on journeys during off-peak times.
  • Keep your car’s exterior clean – in fact, polish it often. Drag forms when it passes over dirty surfaces and this increases fuel consumption.
  • Keep tyre pressures at specified levels and ensure equilibrium at all four corners. A hobbling car will quaff its fuel supply.

– African News Agency