Driver Reviver

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 Driving Change, Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 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 to assist drivers in reaching their destination safely.

Driver Reviver is a national program, sponsored by AAMI Insurance, the Arnott's Foundation, Bushells Coffee, Bushells Tea, Sunshine Sugar and Shell V-Power. In WA, Driver Reviver is managed by WALGA’s RoadWise and overseen by a Reference Group comprising of representatives from Main Roads WA, the Road Safety Commission and the WA Police Force .

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.

Congratulations Izzy and Robyn on creating two New Driver Reviver Drinks!

Driver Reviver

WALGA’s RoadWise recently ran a competition searching for two new cold Driver Reviver drinks. The Watermelon Wake Up, designed by Izzy, contains watermelon, mint leaves, pineapple juice, coconut water and lime juice; and Driver Aware, created by Robyn, contains baby spinach, apples, mint leaves, ginger, coconut water and ice.

The drinks will be served at participating Driver Revivers around the state from this summer, giving travellers a chance to stop, take a break from driving and enjoy a nice cold refreshing juice.

Thanks to all who sent in nominations, and congratulations again to Izzy and Robyn.   

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 operate the Driver Reviver, donating their time to provide motorists with an opportunity to contribute to road safety by addressing driver fatigue. See below for dates of 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.

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Pictured above: Driver Reviver signage

Getting Involved

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 Regional 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, contact your closest Regional Road Safety Advisor.

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.

  • 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.[]


[1] Road Safety Commission, Fatigue, FATIGUE-FAQ.pdf (www.wa.gov.au), 30 June 2022.

[2] 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

LOCATIONTOWNDATETIME

Indian Ocean Drive
1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin

Gingin

Monday, 26 September

9:00am - 4:00pm

Driver Reviver Locations

LOCATIONTOWN
Gold Wire 24 Hour Rest Stop
Great Northern Highway, 150kms South of Broome
Broome
Erskine Half Way Boab, Great Northern Highway Camballin
Edagee Rest Stop
80km South of Carnarvon
Carnarvon

Boorabbin Truck Stop
Great Eastern Hwy

Coolgardie

Coolgardie Park
Bayley Street
Coolgardie
Corner Albany Highway and Great Southern Highway  Cranbrook

Colourstone/Nillabubbica
Great Northern Hwy
Approx. half way between Derby and Broome

Derby

Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy, Scadden

Esperance
Coolmalbidgup Rest Area
South Coast Hwy
Esperance 
Gingin Information Bay
Brand Highway approx. 650m South of Honeycomb Road
Gingin
All Ages Playground
Corner Clive Street and Great Southern Highway
Katanning
Lennard River, Gibb River Road Kimberley
The Kodja Place
Corner Albany Hwy and Broomhill Road
Kojonup
Stubbs Street
Lake Grace
Lake Grace
Corner Albany Hwy and Brooking St, Tenterden Plantagenet
De Grey River
North of Port Hedland
Port Hedland
Yule River
South of Port Hedland
Port Hedland
Pioneer Memorial Site (near Southern Cross Caravan Park)
Great Eastern Hwy
Southern Cross
Walebing Rest Stop
Great Northern Highway
Walebing
Indian Ocean Drive
1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin
Wanneroo
Lions Park along Albany Hwy

Williams

Driver Reviver Map

For a map of the Driver Reviver locations in Western Australia, visit the national Driver Reviver website.