The TAC is currently operating several Pause Stop sites across Victoria, encouraging drivers to pull over, recharge and get to their destination safely.
It’s more important than ever to understand the dangers of drowsy driving and fatigue, with large numbers of Victorians travelling regionally and interstate after many months at home, and unaccustomed to driving long distances.
TAC Pause Stops will be operating over key long weekends - Christmas/New Year, Australia Day, Labour Day and Easter 2021 - in the following locations:
- Balmattum - Northbound and Southbound sites
TAC Pause Stops will offer a range of activities and amenities:
- Complimentary barista-made coffee
- Road trip essentials including travel items and activity packs for the kids
- Engage with the local community with our onsite market stalls and sausage sizzle (subject to location)
- Comfortable deckchairs, for the perfect 15-minute powernap
- Enter our competition to win one of 4 BIG4 Holiday Parks prize packages
- A range of games to keep the kids entertained, including Connect 4 and Jenga
Please explore our interactive map to help you locate all of the TAC-operated Pause Stop sites around Victoria, access up-to-date information including hours of operation, and to locate key VicRoads rest areas and other points of interest around the state.
Drowsy driving is a contributing factor in between 16-20% of road crashes in Victoria. Studies show that someone who has been awake for 17 hours has the same level of impairment as someone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05.
While driving drowsy you might find:
- You have trouble remembering the last few kilometres driven, day dream or miss exits or traffic signs
- You drift from your lane, tailgate, hit a shoulder rumble strip or have difficulty maintaining a consistent, correct speed
- You find yourself waiting at traffic lights or not seeing lights change
Ultimately, the only way to address fatigue is by sleeping. Make a choice not to drive when fatigued, or follow these guidelines to prevent driving drowsy and help you get to your destination safely:
- Plan your journey ahead of time
- Aim to get enough quality sleep before driving – regardless of whether the trip is a long or short one
- Avoid driving at times when you would usually be sleeping
- Don't travel for more than eight to ten hours a day
- Plan to pause from the road at least every two hours
- Consider swapping drivers where possible
- Don't drink alcohol before your trip -even a small amount can significantly contribute to driver fatigue
- Take a 15 minute powernap if you feel drowsy
VICSES’s ongoing partnership with the TAC and Driver Reviver programs encourages travellers to take regular breaks from the road, and to drive awareness for road safety issues and accident prevention.
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is a volunteer-based organisation, providing 24-hour emergency assistance and strengthening the community’s capacity to plan, respond and recover, when emergencies occur. VICSES has served the community for over 40 years, and comprises 5,000 volunteers and 200 employees - all crucial to the VICSES's vision to make the community safer, together.
Please visit www.ses.vic.gov.au to learn more.