Fill up before petrol pumps run dry: AA tip for motorists ahead of strike

The Automobile Association has advised motorists to ensure they have fuel‚ ahead of a strike by the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPAWU) set to begin on Thursday.

“It is our understanding that the strike will affect all refineries and depots of petroleum companies. This strike does not include petrol pump attendants‚ but will start to impact motorists once the pumps at petrol stations start to run dry‚” the AA said.

The association recommended that motorists top up their fuel tanks as regularly as reasonably possible.

 In addition‚ the AA said motorists should avoid taking unnecessary journeys‚ as well as stop-start driving to reduce fuel use.

“Driving with an air-conditioner on‚ speeding‚ and driving in peak hour traffic will consume fuel quicker. We therefore advise motorists to adjust their driving patterns as far as possible to ensure that the fuel in their tanks lasts that bit longer‚” the AA noted.

It is unclear how long the industrial action‚ over worker demands for a 9% pay hike‚ will last.

Sasol said earlier on Wednesday that it has put contingency plans in place to ensure there is minimum disruption to its customers.