Sophie Doherty - 26 October 2021

As Summer approaches, more events and parties will be coming up, but what happens when things don’t go to plan and you’re stuck with your car unable to drive? Figuring out how to get home will no longer be an issue with the PKUP app, available in Brisbane to get you home safe. PKUP is a car/ride service where two drivers are assigned to your location to pick you and your car up, with one driving your car while the other drives behind to collect your driver after dropping you home safe. This revolutionary idea began in Canberra with two brothers who are now the founders of the company, Joshua and Oscar Gonzalez, who saw potential for a convenient service that allows people to be spontaneous, knowing they can book a ride for themselves in their car without stressing about what could go wrong.

Why PKUP?

With their easy to navigate app, PKUP is here to solve the issues that arise when you’re stuck with your car and unable to drive home. Leaving your car in the city or an unfamiliar location can be daunting knowing the risks associated. Depending on where you parked, you could end up with a parking ticket on your car the next morning. According to 7 news, Australian’s pay on average $600 million on parking fines a year, with fines in Queensland starting at $66 per incident (7news, 2021). If you put that into perspective, ordering an Uber home and leaving your car out overnight could result in a ticket the next morning, which ends up costing a lot more than a PKUP would (and saves you that extra trip the next day!). Even worse, your car could be broken into overnight. In 2020, over 11,148 motor vehicles were reported stolen, Budgetdirect, 2021). Knowing these statistics should be enough to re-consider deserting your car overnight after drinks.

Getting enough sleep before work after a big night of drinking is even easier with PKUP. By saving time ordering a PKUP to take you and your car home, customers can save time by having their car with them in the morning rather than having to get another ride the next day before they start work. The app will also guarantee that your car is with you, rather than relying on that hungover friend who said they’ll give you a lift to your car the next day but isn’t answering the phone, leaving you to book a ride when you could have just used PKUP. It’ll save you time and in some instances cash too. PKUP has been designed to cost around the same as what two Ubers or other ride apps would cost – if you took one home after drinks and one to get back to your car the next day. It’s convenient and gives you that extra time the day after to recover from that big night out. Plus adding the exclusive discount code at the end of this article, you can save even more!

Preventing Drink Driving

Australia has one of the highest rates of accidents caused by drivers under the influence in the world (Breathalysersaustralia, 2020). Research by the Government of South Australia shows that ‘convenience’ is the main reason drinkers get behind the wheel rather than choosing a safer transport option (Tarzia. V, 2021). Though it may seem like a good idea at the time, young people need to consider the dangerous risks associated with deciding to drink drive. Road accidents are the main cause of death in the 15-29 age group around the world, with speeding and drink driving being the two main causes of these accidents (Breathalysersaustralia, 2020). According to National Road Safety, drink driving is the highest contributing factor in 30% of fatal crashes in Australia, with over 1 in 4 drivers and riders killed on Australian roads having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit (NRSPP, 2020). Surprisingly, a lot of people choose this mode of transport even after knowing the dangers. The safe option would be to take an alternative route home to avoid hurting yourself, hurting others or losing your license.

“I regret Drink Driving”

A student from the University of Canberra (who will remain anonymous), was caught in the situation where they had too much to drink but were with their car. They ended up drink driving home, only to run a red light and get caught by police for driving under the influence. They had to pay a total of $1000 in fines and lost their licence for three months.

“I was with my car and needed it the next day, so I felt like my options were limited, ironically my decision resulted in me not being allowed to use it the next day due to being caught. I was so close to home so it felt somewhat merciful, looking back, I regret that decision and would have defiantly booked a PKUP if I knew about the service. My advice for young people who think drink driving is a good idea, book a ride home, it may seem like a waste of money at the time but choosing to be irresponsible is not worth it as you are putting yourself and others in danger and will end up paying more in the long-run.” (Anonymous, 15th September 2020).

Get HomeSafe

To reduce the risks associated with partying and driving and to keep young people and their cars safe, PKUP is offering an exclusive discount code during their “Home Safe” campaign. Use code HOMESAFE for $15 off your next ride after downloading the app on the app store or through the link: onelink.to/pkup. Trust PKUP to get you and your car home effortlessly.

 

Written by University of Canberra Student, Sophie Doherty.

 

References
“Car Theft Statistics 2019 | Car Research & Statistics — Budget Direct., 2021, www.budgetdirect.com.au/car-insurance/research/car-theft-statistics.html.
“How Parking Fines Could Prevent You from Getting a Credit Card or a Home Loan.” 7NEWS, 16 Mar. 2021, 7news.com.au/lifestyle/personal-finance/parking-fines-cost-australians-600-million-a-year-but-theres-a-hidden-cost-thats-even-higher-c-2358153. Accessed 26 Sept. 2021.
Image of Brisbane City. 2020, www.google.com/search?q=car+driving+in+brisbane+city.
“NRSPP Australia» Am I Right to Drive? Understanding How Drinking Affects Your BAC ‘the Morning After.’” Www.nrspp.org.au, 2017, www.nrspp.org.au/2017/09/21/right-drive-understanding-drinking-affects-bac-morning/.
“Statistics Relating to Drink Driving Injuries.” Breathalysers-Australia – Alcohol Breath Testers, 31 May 2020, breathalysers-australia.com.au/drink-driving/.
Tarzia. V MP, Drink drivers under spotlight. 26th March 2021. Government of South Australia, Media Release
University of Canberra Student, DUI interview, 15th September, 2021, Email interview.

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