Although the program itself finished at the end of May, random prize draws for various competitions were conducted online last month.
Free Cuppa for the Driver offers a prize valued at $600 to a driver who claimed a "free cuppa" and completed a driver entry form, and prizes valued at $400 to participating businesses who filled out a survey on the scheme.
Congratulations to the winners in 2020:
* Kasha's Coffee Lounge in Muswellbrook and The Church Block Café in Bathurst, who both won participating business prizes
* Leonie Prime, who had a free cuppa at Coffee on Kiewa in Manildra, won the driver's prize
The winning entries were drawn online using random software by Moree Plains Shire Council road safety officer Renee McMillan.
The Free Cuppa for the Driver team would like to thank all drivers who had a break as well as the participating businesses themselves - and everyone else who supported the scheme.
This year, the Upper Hunter had 16 businesses participate, including:
"Despite coronavirus (COVID -19) lockdowns and several cafés closing temporarily, Free Cuppa businesses in the Upper Hunter gave away 273 coffees, predominately to essential workers," she explained.
"As this is only the second year the Upper Hunter has been involved in the scheme, it was very encouraging.
"And, even though Free Cuppa for the Driver has finished for 2020, 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.
An interactive map which shows rest areas in NSW can be found by searching for 'rest areas' on the Roads and Maritime Services website www.rms.nsw.gov.au
Other strategies to prevent driving tired include:
For more information about Free Cuppa for the Driver, visit the website or contact Upper Hunter road safety officer Alison Balding at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Cuppa for the Driver is an intitiative of the NSW Local Government Road Safety Program
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