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Free Cuppa for the Driver Ends on a High

The multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ campaign that offers a free cuppa to drivers who have travelled more than 100 kilometres from the address on their drivers licence, to prevent fatigue related crashes, finished up on 31 May and will return even bigger and better in March 2018.

Even though the campaign itself finished on 31 May, random prize draws for various Free Cuppa competitions were held on 15 June at Leeton, NSW.

Free Cuppa for the Driver offers prizes valued over $200 every year for different groups including those who stop by and get a free cuppa on their travels, social media users and participating Free Cuppa businesses.

Congratulations to our winners this year:

  • Jessie Luchetti from Lithgow, who got a free cuppa and won the in-store prize draw.
  • Pilliga Café from Pilliga, a participating Free Cuppa business.
  • David Gee, the Facebook Selfie Competition winner that posted a ‘selfie’ of himself at the participating Free Cuppa business, Café Cassaro in Balranald.

The winning names were drawn out of a bucket by George Weston, who is the Deputy Mayor of Leeton Shire Council.

The Free Cuppa for the Driver team would like to thank drivers who collected a free cuppa, participating businesses and everyone else who supported the campaign. The success of this campaign in reducing fatigue related crashes on NSW roads depends heavily on everyone’s support.

A new Free Cuppa website was also launched this year to improve access to information on participating businesses, competitions and how new businesses can join up.

Businesses in participating Free Cuppa local government areas are more than welcome to start signing up for Free Cuppa 2018, by contacting the Free Cuppa team through http://freecuppa.com.au/.

Road Safety Officer for Warrumbungle Shire Council, Cheyenne O’Brien, explained that even though Free Cuppa for the Driver has finished, drivers should still apply strategies to prevent becoming tired whilst driving.

One strategy can be factoring in breaks when planning long distance trips which can be at driver rest areas, cafés or Driver Reviver sites.

An interactive map which shows rest areas in NSW can be found by searching for ‘rest areas’ on the Roads and Maritime Services website, http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/.

Driver reviver sites offer free cuppas to travellers and are open on public holidays and school holidays throughout Australia. To find out locations and opening hours of Driver Reviver sites visit www.tollgroup.com/driverreviver.

Other strategies to prevent driving tired include:

  • Stop in a safe spot or rest area and have a 20 minute nap if early signs of fatigue are noticed, that is yawning, heavy eyes and/or poor concentration.
  • Share the driving on long distance trips.
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Avoid driving at night when your body will naturally want to sleep
  • Avoid long drives after work

Find out if any medicine you are taking may affect your driving

If you would like to support participating Free Cuppa businesses outside of the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ campaign, the locations and opening hours of the businesses are still available on the Free Cuppa website, http://freecuppa.com.au/

Some participating businesses offer a free cuppa all year round to drivers and they will have a Free Cuppa banner or sandwich board on display.

For more information about Free Cuppa for the Driver visit http://freecuppa.com.au/ or contact Warrumbungle Shire Councils Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, on 02 6849 2000 or by email at info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au.


Free Cuppa for the Driver Ends on a High 21-06-17 

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2017