Phase nine of ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ will be coming to an end once again on 31 May, with plans to launch phase ten on 1 March 2020.
The Free Cuppa team are encouraging everyone to take advantage of a free cuppa on their long-distance travels before the end of the month.
‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ is part of the Local Government Road Safety Program where Local Governments and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) work together with local businesses in a bid to reduce fatigue-related crashes on NSW roads from 1 March to 31 May every year.
Drivers who have travelled more than 100 kilometres from the address on their drivers' licence are eligible to claim a free cuppa at participating ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ businesses.
To find a ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ town simply visit www.freecuppa.com.au or the Free Cuppa for the Driver Facebook Page.
“Participating businesses also have a window decal and a teardrop banner or sandwich board with the Free Cuppa logo on it to easily identify where you can get a free cuppa,” said Shoalhaven City Council’s Road Safety Officer, Kym Snow.
Some Free Cuppa towns even have a roadside banner at their entry points to inform drivers that it is a ‘Free Cuppa’ town.
This year the Free Cuppa scheme has expanded into the Hunter and Southern areas of NSW and it has been a great success.
“Travellers who visit Western and South West NSW tend to come from the Hunter and Southern region and visa versa, so it is great to be able to join forces with other areas in NSW to have a greater impact on targeting driver fatigue,” said Miss Snow.
Whether you drive a car, caravan or even a truck every type of long-distance driver is welcome to get themselves a free cuppa at participating businesses during the scheme.
To stay in touch with the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme after May simply “like” the Free Cuppa Facebook page to receive notifications on next year’s scheme as well as other drivers fatigue-related content.
Even though ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ runs from 1 March until 31 May, all year round drivers of all types of vehicles should take regular breaks and rest when they notice the early signs of fatigue, which include yawning, tired eyes and poor concentration.
To find rest areas in NSW please visit NSW Rest Areas on the RMS website.
For more information contact the ‘Free Cuppa’ team through the website, www.freecuppa.com.au or contact Shoalhaven City Council’s Road Safety Officer, Kym Snow on 4429 3484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.