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 Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008-2020 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 the Toll Group (partner), 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. Below is a snap shot of their success during 2017-18. For further information, download a copy of the Driver Reviver and Coffee Stop Program Report 2017-2018 from the online form.
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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 19 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 and horse and rider taking advantage of the Collie Driver Reviver operation.
If you would like more information or 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 News
Nine volunteers joined forces to provide a safe place for drivers to stop for a rest (as well as a coffee and a chat) on their travels over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
More than forty vehicles stopped to enjoy the refreshments available, with many commenting on the awesome work being undertaken by Driver Reviver volunteers.
Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the Driver Reviver operation together!
Pictured above: Volunteers from the Apex Club of Bunbury Koombana helping to relieve tired drivers in the South West.
Working together to deliver the WA Driver Reviver Program
On the 28 August, Main Roads WA, the WA Police Force, the Road Safety Commission and WALGA’s RoadWise gathered to re-commit to the delivery of the WA Driver Reviver Program.
Acknowledging the work being done to deliver the Program was a key factor for the day, which saw a representative from each agency sign a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines their role in the Driver Reviver Program to support volunteers across the state implementing Driver Reviver.
The event also provided us with an opportunity to showcase the results being achieved by volunteers operating Driver Reviver sites. Between 2008 and 2017*, volunteers operated Driver Revivers for a combined 600 days, over almost 6000 hours to serve over 87,000 motorists.
This is a huge effort by Driver Reviver volunteers!
* Figures are reliant on Driver Reviver site reports. Results expressed are a guide to the success of Driver Reviver in WA only.
Pictured above: (left to right) Iain Cameron, Acting Commissioner, Road Safety Commission, Ricky Burges, CEO, WA Local Government Association, Darren Seivwright, Acting Commander State Traffic, WA Police Force, and David Moyses, Manager Road Safety, Main Roads WA.
Welcome Paraburdoo Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Driver Reviver’s newest volunteers, the Paraburdoo Volunteer Fire and Rescue team, are joining the cause to revive drivers.
The team will be hitting the ground running, with their first operation on Saturday, 14 July 2018 at the Beasley River rest area, Nanutarra Road, 100kms west of Paraburdoo.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and if heading in that direction, don’t forget to schedule a stop and help avoid driver fatigue.
Check the Driver Reviver Calendar below for operating dates and times.
Pictured above: Paraburdoo Volunteer Fire and Rescue team at their first Driver Reviver operation.
Apex Bunbury Koombana and the Bunbury RoadWise Committee have joined together to coordinate a new Driver Reviver in the South West.
Club and Committee volunteers will provide Bussell Highway travellers with the chance to combat fatigue by taking a break from driving whilst enjoying a free cup of coffee or tea, a biscuit and a chat.
Their first Driver Reviver operation will be held during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in September. Refer to the Driver Reviver Calendar for dates and times.
Pictured above: Members of the Apex Bunbury Koombana Driver Reviver.
Toll Group partners with the national Driver Reviver program.
In 2016, 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.
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; email@example.com.
Driver Reviver site managers wishing to order supplies outside of the usual operating periods should email RoadWise; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Driver Reviver Calendar
Driver Reviver Calendar
Pannawonica Access Road turnoff on North West Coastal Highway, 10kms north of Mesa A Mine Site.
Driver Reviver Locations
Driver Reviver Permanent Locations
|Gold Wire 24 Hour Rest Stop, Great Northern Highway, 150kms South of Broome
|Northbound parking bay Bussell Hwy, between Roberts Road and Cable Mine Road, Capel
|Edagee Rest Stop, 80km South of Carnarvon
|Coolgardie Park, Bayley Street, Coolgardie
|Cnr Albany Hw and Cranbrook Frankland Road
|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
|The Kodja Place, Cnr Albany Hwy and Broomhill Road, Kojonup
|Stubbs Street, Lake Grace
|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
|Caltex BP, Great Eastern Hwy, Southern Cross
|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