Free Cuppa for the Driver ends on a high

Success: Leeton deputy mayor George Weston (centre) with Dubbo Regional Council's Jayne Bleechmore (third right) and other team members draw prize winners.
Success: Leeton deputy mayor George Weston (centre) with Dubbo Regional Council's Jayne Bleechmore (third right) and other team members draw prize winners.

The multi-award winning Free Cuppa for the Driver campaign that aims to prevent fatigue related crashes finished on May 31 and will return even bigger and better in March 2018.

All entries for the various Free Cuppa competitions were randomly drawn on June 15 at Leeton. 

The Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme offers prizes from $200 gift and fuel vouchers to an IPad Mini every year to driver participants, selfie participants and business participants.

Winners this year:

·         Jessie Luchetti from Lithgow, who stopped for a free cuppa and won the in-store prize draw.

·         The Pilliga Café in Pilliga, a participating Free Cuppa business.

·         David Gee, the Facebook selfie competition winner who posted a selfie of himself at the participating Free Cuppabusiness, Café Cassaro in Balranald.

Dubbo Regional Council road safety officer Jayne Bleechmore said even though the campaign had finished, drivers should still apply strategies to prevent becoming tired while 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,” she said.

An interactive map can be found by searching for ‘rest areas’ on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

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, they are: 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

·         Check if any medicine you are taking may affect your driving