Get a Free Cuppa for the Driver this Holiday Period

With the April school holidays, the Easter long weekend and Anzac Day all upon us now, there will undoubtedly be more people taking to the roads on their way to various holiday destinations.

Dubbo Regional Council is reminding all travellers that fatigue is one of the biggest risk factors on our roads and drivers should take regular breaks from driving both long and short distances. 

Over this holiday period, drivers can take advantage of the Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme currently operating over much of the State.

The ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme aims to reduce fatigue-related crashes by offering a free cuppa to long distance drivers, explained Council’s Road Safety Officer; Ms Jayne Bleechmore.

“Free Cuppa (now in its ninth year) has grown to cover some popular coastal holiday destinations like Port Stephens, Eurobodalla and the Shoalhaven areas as well as those in the South West and Western NSW regions” said Ms Bleechmore. 

“When drivers travel at least 100 kilometres from the town on their drivers licence, between 1 March and 31 May every year, they are eligible for a free cuppa at participating ‘Free Cuppa’ businesses.”

Drivers can find participating ‘Free Cuppa’ towns and businesses by visiting www.freecuppa.com.au or the ‘Free Cuppa’ Facebook page. The ‘Free Cuppa’ website is mobile friendly and participating businesses can be searched by ‘Highway’ or ‘Town’ with directions to businesses being made easy through a quick link to google maps.

Participating businesses have ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ window decals, banners and/or sandwich boards at the front of their business to make them identifiable and most participating ‘Free Cuppa’ towns have large roadside banners at the entrance to their town.

Participating ‘Free Cuppa’ business owner, Mr Trent Pengilley, of ‘Lavish Coffee & Cuisine’ in the Riverdale Shopping Centre, Dubbo explained that it’s great to have visitors stop and have a free cuppa to prevent fatigue and it also gives them a reason to stop and revive in our café while taking in the sights our city has to offer.

“We are proud to be a part of Free Cuppa for the Driver again this year as it lets us help curb fatigue crashes in our part of the State which is something we could not have done otherwise” said Mr Pengilley.

This scheme has the same focus as ‘Driver Reviver’ sites based Australia wide, in the way that it encourages drivers to stop and revive whilst having a free cuppa during their long distance drive. Different ‘Driver Reviver’ sites are also open over the school holiday period. To find out the location and opening times of ‘Driver Reviver ‘sites Australia wide please visit www.tollgroup.com/driverreviver.

Both ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ and ‘Driver Reviver’ are important as fatigue is a big contributor to crashes on NSW roads and these schemes are vital in reducing the number of tired drivers on our roads.

For more information please contact Dubbo Regional Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore on 0417 667 984.

Last Edited: 17 Apr 2019

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