Motorists can save despite petrol price increases

Motorists not only have to deal with e-tolls, increased fuel levies and the general price increases due to inflation, but also a further financial blow in increased petrol costs. According to the AA, a petrol price increase of between 48 and 52 cents per litre could be expected in June 2015.


“This does not mean that motorist cannot save on petrol costs,” says Derek Wilson, Head of the free to use insurance and financial comparison website, “There are still handy ways to save on petrol consumption,”


  • Decrease your driving speed – Driving 100km/h instead of 120km/h on the highway reduces petrol costs by 13%.
  • Reduce the use of your air conditioner – Usage could increase petrol costs between 13% and 21%.
  • Reduce the weight load – The heavier your car the more petrol will be consumed. Opt to store heavy parcels at home or at the office.
  • Check whether your bank is affiliated with a loyalty rewards programme and fill up at petrol stations that provide you with the highest cash back rewards.
  • Avoid idling – Instead of idling for long periods, rather switch your car off entirely if safe to do so to save on petrol costs. Idling may also be damaging to your engine and sparkplugs, resulting in added repair costs.
  • Ensure that you do regular maintenance checks and repairs as issues such as dirty air filters and under-inflated tyres can increase your petrol costs.
  • Reduce travelling by replacing meetings, visits and shopping trips with telephone calls, teleconferences and online shopping where possible.


Whilst doing online shopping, visit sites such as to compare quotes and benefits quickly and easily online. “At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance by comparing quotes and benefits on our free to use site,” says Wilson.


Established in 2007, is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427** per month on their car insurance. makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


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Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).


*Based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of Figures as in May 2015.  Risk Profile Dependent.



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