The Driver Reviver Program is a community initiative operated nationally by volunteers. The Program aims to provide an opportunity for the community to contribute to WA’s road safety strategy 2020-2030 by addressing fatigue related road trauma.
By visiting an operating Driver Reviver site, travellers can take a break in their journey for a free cup of coffee or tea, a biscuit and most importantly, a chance to stop and revive so drivers reach their destination safely.
Driver Reviver is a national program, sponsored by AAMI Insurance, the Arnott's Foundation, Bushells Coffee, Bushells Tea and Sunshine Sugar. In WA, Driver Reviver is managed by WALGA’s RoadWise and overseen by a Reference Group comprising of representatives from Main Roads WA, the WA Police Force and the Road Safety Commission.
Through this sponsorship and RoadWise, Driver Reviver sites are provided with Driver Reviver and road safety promotional material, biscuits, coffee and tea to encourage drivers to stop, revive and survive.
WALGA's RoadWise would like to thank all WA Driver Reviver operators for their dedication and commitment to road safety and addressing driver fatigue by operating Driver Reviver sites across the State.
Help Develop a New Driver Reviver Drink
This summer, WALGA’s RoadWise is providing an opportunity for everyone to get involved by helping develop a new Driver Reviver drink with a catchy name. We are seeking recipes for a cool, refreshing summer drink which can be made in a blender and served on those hot summer days to travellers visiting operating Driver Reviver sites.
The drink should use inexpensive, locally-sourced ingredients, be easy to prepare in a blender and taste great! Visit the tools and resources page to download the Driver Reviver Drink Entry Form and email to email@example.com. Your recipe could be served this summer!
This project is funded through an Australian Government grant as part of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program.
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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 long weekends. Volunteers man each stop, donating their time to provide motorists with an opportunity to contribute to road safety by addressing driver fatigue. See dates for upcoming Driver Reviver stops.
Driver Reviver sites 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 towards zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Pictured above: Driver Reviver signage
If you would like more information or would like to find out how to get involved by becoming a volunteer or site
operator, download a copy of the WA Driver Reviver Program Kit from the download form and contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Driver Reviver operators
WALGA’s RoadWise would like to remind all site managers to submit reports on operating periods. These reports are collated and used to obtain national and local sponsorship for the Program. If you need a report form, email RoadWise; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driver Reviver site managers wishing to order supplies outside of the usual operating periods should email RoadWise; email@example.com.
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, Fatigue - Facts as a Glance, https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/RSC/media/Documents/Resources/fatigue-poster-factsheet-v2.pdf
 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.
Driver Reviver Calendar
Driver Reviver Calendar
Driver Reviver Permanent Locations
|Gold Wire 24 Hour Rest Stop,
Great Northern Highway,
150kms South of Broome
|Edagee Rest Stop,
80km South of Carnarvon
|Coolgardie Park, Bayley Street,
|Cnr Albany Highway and Great Southern Highway,
|White Wells rest area,
Great Northern Highway,
47km North of Wubin, 107km South of Paynes Find
Great Northern Hwy
approx half way between Derby and Broome
|Esperance (various locations)
|Gingin Information Bay,
Brand Highway approx. 650m South of Honeycomb Road
|All Ages Playground,
Cnr Clive Street and Great Southern Highway,
|The Kodja Place,
Cnr Albany Hwy and Broomhill Road,
|Stubbs Street, Lake Grace
|Walebing Rest Area
|Beasley River rest area,
Nanutarra Road, 100kms West of Paraburdoo
|Parking bay on Albany Hwy near northern entrance to Cranbrook,
63km from Kojonup, 95km from Albany and 4km from Cranbrook townsite
|Yule River, South of Port Hedland or De Grey River,
North of Port Hedland
|Pioneer Memorial Site (near Southern Cross Caravan Park),
Great Eastern Hwy, Southern Cross
|Albany Highway opposite Tunney Roadhouse
|Walebing Rest Stop, Great Northern Highway
|Indian Ocean Drive,
1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin
|Lions Park along Albany Hwy, Williams
Driver Reviver Map
A map of the Driver Reviver locations in Western Australia is new available! Check out the national Driver Reviver website.