Media Release - Free Cuppa for the Driver will be back in 2019



The multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme 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 for the year on 31 May and will return even bigger and better in March 2019.

Free Cuppa for the Driver offers a prize valued at $600.00 to drivers who claimed a ‘free cuppa’ through the scheme and completed a driver entry form, as well as a prize valued at $300.00 to participating businesses who completed a survey on the scheme. Random prize draws for various Free Cuppa competitions were held on 20 June at Binnaway, NSW.

Congratulations to our winners this year:

  • Maria Bower, who claimed a ‘free cuppa’ from The Roadhouse on Riverside in Jugiong
  • White Rose Café in Dunedoo

The winning entries were drawn out of a box by Sean Henderson, who is the Publican of Royal Hotel Binnaway and also is a participating Free Cuppa business.

The Free Cuppa for the Driver team would like to thank all drivers who had a break at a participating business as well as the participating businesses themselves and everyone else who supported the scheme. The success of this scheme in reducing fatigue related crashes on NSW roads depends heavily on everyone’s support.

The mobile friendly Free Cuppa website was also a success this year by improving access to information on the scheme, participating businesses details and competitions.

Businesses interested in participating next year are more than welcome to start signing up for Free Cuppa 2018, by contacting the Free Cuppa team through

Blayney Shire Council, Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts, 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,

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’ scheme, the locations and opening hours of the businesses are still available on the Free Cuppa website,

For more information about Free Cuppa for the Driver visit, or contact Blayney Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts, on 02 6333 6517 or by email,

Last modified: 19 Jul 2018

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