Managing driver fatigue this Easter

As many of us plan to embark on amazing road trips over the Easter holidays, plotting pit stops at Driver Reviver sites is one important way to avoid driver fatigue.

By Shell on Apr. 14, 2022

Easter is a busy time on Australian roads. A combination of public holidays, school holidays and mild autumnal weather make it the ideal time for many families to hop in the car and set off on an adventure. If you’re planning a road trip this Easter, it’s worth also planning regular pit stops into your itinerary.

‘Stop, revive, survive’ isn’t just a catchy slogan – it’s an important reminder of the need to schedule breaks of at least 15 minutes for every two hours of driving. Taking regular breaks, as well as making sure you never drive for more than 8-10 hours in a day, can help to reduce driver fatigue – which is the leading cause of fatal accidents on Australian roads.

One pit-stop idea is to look for Driver Reviver sites on highways. These are community-powered initiatives that aim to reduce the road toll by encouraging drivers to take a break and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea (or coffee) and a biscuit.

In Kerang, Victoria – roughly half way between Melbourne and Mildura – the Driver Reviver site has been operating for over 40 years. Originally a Lions Club initiative, and now run in collaboration with the SES, the site operates from 8.30am to midnight over public holiday periods. It’s well set-up for a pit stop with a Lions Club catering van – complete with urns and fridges – and a toilet block and children’s playground.

Faye Burton has been the site’s coordinator for 15 years and says that Easter is their busiest time of the year. “We easily get twice as many people through at Easter time,” she says. “Last Easter we made 784 cups of coffee and 365 cups of tea.” Although the tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for free, drivers are invited to leave a charitable donation, which is gifted to a chosen organisation. “On Good Friday alone we raised $1,000 for the Children’s Hospital,” says Faye.

Like other Driver Reviver sites around Australia, Kerang is operated by volunteers who give up their time over public holidays. “But I’ll say what I always say,” muses Faye. “If I can save one life then it’s been worth it.”

Faye encourages all drivers to stop and check out Driver Reviver sites in their travels. “Having a cuppa and a chat works wonders,” she says. “You can get back in the car feeling good. And the kids have their biccies so they’re happy too!” 

Shell V-Power is a proud partner of the Driver Reviver program. Here’s a checklist of important tips to help you manage driver fatigue this holiday season and ensure you reach your destination safely:

  • Never drive more than 8-10 hours in a day
  • Stop every two hours for a 15-minute break
  • Plan break stops in advance
  • Share driving where possible
  • Avoid driving at times you would normally be asleep
  • Recognise the signs of fatigue, including sore eyes, frequent blinking, yawning and headaches.

For more information on the Driver Reviver program, site locations and operating hours, visit Safe driving and travelling on the roads this Easter.

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