Driver Reviver is an important community initiative that aims to reduce fatigue related crashes by encouraging travellers to take regular breaks in their journey by visiting an operating site. Driver Reviver sites run predominantly during peak periods such as Easter and Christmas holidays which is when traffic volumes and crashes are traditionally high.
Driver Reviver is a national program and is sponsored by the Toll Group (partner), the Arnott's Foundation, Bushells Coffee, Bushells Tea and Sunshine Sugar. This sponsorship provides Driver Reviver sites with promotional resources, biscuits, coffee and tea to encourage drivers to stop, revive and survive.
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Driver Reviver News
Toll Group announces it partnership with the national Driver Reviver program.
At a launch in Sydney last month, the Toll Group announced their dedication to road safety through their partnership with Driver Reviver.
“Toll is proud to be the national partner of the Driver Reviver program. At Toll, we strongly believe that all injuries are preventable and everyone has the right to get home safely – and the Driver Reviver program is strongly aligned to these values.” Brian Kruger, Managing Director, Toll Group.
This new partnership is another positive step towards reducing the incidence of fatigue related road trauma on our roads. RoadWise looks forward to working with Toll and the community to continue the great work for our volunteers do.
Pictured above (L-R) Top: Sue Foster (President), Lions volunteer; Allan McCormac, National Director, Driver Reviver; Mara Koplin, Lions Volunteer; Phil Schafer, Manager, Branding and Strategic Partnerships; Duncan Gay, Minster for Roads; Bernard Carlon, Executive Director Centre for Road Safety; Brian Kruger, Managing Director Toll Group; Graeme Moore, Regional.
About Driver Reviver in WA
Driver Reviver in Western Australia began over the Christmas period in 1992 at Southern Cross and has grown to involve 21 locations throughout the State.
The locations generally operate during public and school holidays, and and long weekends. Volunteers man each stop donating their time to ensure motorists can avoid fatigue and reach their destinations safely. See dates for upcoming Driver Reviver stops.
Driver Reviver stations aim to reduce the incidence of fatigue and fatigue related trauma on the roads in Australia by offering a free cup of tea, coffee, a biscuit and most importantly, a chance to revive so drivers reach their destination safely.
The stations are an ideal place to take a break on a long journey. They also provide an opportunity for Local Governments, police, sponsors and other road safety partners to work together to try and combat fatigue.
Pictured above: Driver Reviver signage and horse and rider taking advantage of the Collie Driver Reviver operation.
The facts about fatigue
There are many causes of fatigue, with driving for a long period of time seen as one of the key causes to fatigue-related road trauma.
There is a higher fatigue risk when driving at night time and on rural roads. The WA 10 Year Crash Statistics report showed that fatigue was a factor in more than double serious crashed on rural WA roads between the hours of midnight and 6.00am.
The reaction time of a driver who has been awake for 17 – 19 hours is similar to the reaction time of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05.
Not sleeping for 20 – 25 hours will reduce a driver’s reaction time to the equivalent reaction time of someone with a BAC of 0.10.
Shift-workers are six times more likely to be involved in a fatigue-related road crash than other workers. Research shows that there are three times as many fatal accidents at work during the night shift (11pm – 7am) as during the day.
 Road Safety Commission, 10 Year Crash Statistics, Report Volume 2 and 3 – October 2006, www.ors.wa.gov.au/Statistics-Research/10-Year-Crash-Statistics
 Road Safety Commission, Fatigue, https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Topics/Fatigue, 4 October 2016
 Road Safety Commission, Safer Shiftworkers. Safer Roads, https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Campaigns/Fatigue/ors-campaign-fatigue-publication-shiftworkers.aspx, May 2016
Signs of fatigue
- you begin to blink;
- you start squinting;
- you can’t stop yawning;
- you have trouble keeping your head up;
- your eyes close for a moment or go out of focus;
- you have wandering, disconnected thoughts;
- you find that you can’t remember driving the last few kilometres;
- you miss a gear;
- you miss a road sign or your exit;
- you find you have slowed unintentionally;
- you brake too late;
- you drift over the centre line or on to the side of the road; or
- you see ‘mirages’ ahead.
Tips for avoiding fatigue
- It is recommended that we get an average of seven to eight hours continuous sleep.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before going to sleep.
- Plan your trip to ensure maximum attention to your driving. Try to schedule your trip so driving takes place during daylight.
- It is best to start your journey early and not drive late into the night.
- Avoid long hours of driving, particularly at night and after working all day.
- If possible share the driving; swap drivers every two hours, or every 200km, or if you feel tired.
- If you are making a long journey, plan to stop overnight and get a full night’s rest.
- When travelling a long distance, take regular breaks - get out of the car, walk around to stimulate blood circulation, have a cup of coffee or tea, drink plenty of fresh water and have something to eat. This is where the Driver Reviver Program can assist.
- If you feel tired, take a ‘power nap’. You will feel the maximum benefit from 15-20 minutes of sleep.
- Make sure the interior of your vehicle is well ventilated and not too warm. An overheated vehicle can make you drowsy.
- Listen to music, talkback radio or talking books - anything to stimulate your mind.
- Stop and eat at regular meal times to ensure you maintain your energy levels.
If you would like to get involved with Driver Reviver by becoming a volunteer or site operator, please contact your local Road Safety Advisor for more information. For a copy of the Driver Reviver Program Handbook, please complete the download form - selecting 'Hard Copy'.
Driver Reviver operators
Driver Reviver coordinators wishing to order additional supplies should contact Essie Smith, Road Safety Project Officer on 9213 2066 or email email@example.com.
Driver Reviver Calendar
Driver Reviver Calendar
Indian Ocean Drive, 1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin
Wanneroon / Gingin
Monday, 5 June 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
Parking bay on Albany Hwy near northern entrance to Cranbrook. 63km from Kojonup, 95km from Albany and 4km from Cranbrook townsite.
Friday, 2 June 2017
Friday, 22 September 2017
4.00pm - midnight
4.00pm - midnight
Driver Reviver Locations
Driver Reviver Permanent Locations
|Great Northern Highway, 120kms South of Roebuck Roadhouse
|Busselton Byass near Bussel Hwy, Vasse
|Edagee Rest Stop, 80km South of Carnarvon
|Truck assembly bay on Coalfields Road (South side of the road) approx 20km West of Collie
|Bailey Street, Coolgardie
|Parking bay on Albany Hwy near northern entrance to Cranbrook. 63km from Kojonup, 95km from Albany and 4km from Cranbrook townsite
|White Wells rest area, Great Northern Highway, 47km North of Wubin, 107km South of Paynes Find
|Colourstone/Nillabubbica, approx half way between Derby and Broome, Great Northern Hwy
|Esperance (various locations)
|10km North of Gingin turnoff, Brand Hwy
|Indian Ocean Drive, 20km South of Cervantes
|135 Albany Hwy, Kojonup
|Stubbs Street, Lake Grace
|Yule River, South of Port Hedland or De Grey River, North of Port Hedland
|Caltex BP, Great Eastern Hwy
|Albany Highway opposite Tunney Roadhouse
|Indian Ocean Drive, 1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin
|Williams Lions Park, 160kms South East of Perth, Albany Hwy