The Road Safety Authority and Topaz are encouraging all drivers undertaking long journeys on the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend to be fully aware of the dangers of driver fatigue.
As part of the Driver Reviver campaign — which Topaz runs in conjunction with the RSA — Topaz provides free coffee to drivers on Bank Holiday Fridays at more than 130 participating sites nationwide. Any drivers feeling tired are advised to pull over, grab a coffee and have a short nap before resuming their journeys.
Driver fatigue, known as the ‘silent killer’ is believed to be a contributory factor in up to 20 per cent of road deaths in Ireland.
Paul Candon, marketing and corporate services director at Topaz, said: “We are very keen to raise awareness of the serious consequences of driver fatigue and to help make our roads safer. All drivers have to do is show their car keys to staff and request a free coffee on Friday October 28.”