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side of a highway.]
SES VOLUNTEER: Drowsiness can make the drive on a long weekend a dangerous business. But a 15-minute power nap could save your life. And at an SES Driver Reviver, it'll also get you a free hot drink and a music download. So look out for us this long weekend, because we'd much rather serve you here than pull you out of a crash somewhere up the road. An SES Driver Reviver is safer in the long run.
[Text: “Safer in the long run."
A $5 music card rests against a Driver Reviver paper cup.
Logos for SES, TAC and State Government Victoria appear.
Text: "Music download voucher available while stocks last."]
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SES Driver Reviver
The TAC has produced several campaigns to show the dangers and consequences of fatigue. The campaigns have historically been timed for periods of the year when drivers are more vulnerable to fatigue such as Easter, long weekends and holiday periods.
SES Driver Reviver sites operate across Victoria over most busy holiday periods and other times of the year. You can have a 15 minute powernap, grab a cup of coffee or tea and pick up a free music download card (while stocks last). SES Driver Reviver is safer in the long run.
Heading off on a long drive? Avoid driving tired as fatigue is a common cause of crashes on Victoria's roads.
Like alcohol, fatigue slows your reaction time and affects concentration and decision-making skills which are crucial to safe driving.
It doesn't matter how well you think you know the road or how much further you have to travel. If you're feeling drowsy, pull over.
Tips to avoid fatigue
Use Driver Reviver sites to take regular breaks.
Ensure you've had a good quality sleep prior to a long drive.
Don't drive at times that you would ordinarily be sleeping.
Never drink alcohol - even small quantities - before and during long trips.
Share the driving when possible.
Schedule regular pit stops - at least every hour-and-a-half.
What doesn't work
Having a cup of coffee, tea or caffeine drink
Winding down the window
Turning up the air-conditioner
Turning up music in the car (also a distraction)
What to do if you become drowsy while driving
- Find a safe place to stop and take a 15 minute powernap. Driver Reviver sites, available during most holiday periods, are ideal for this.
Fatigue is basically extreme tiredness. This is brought about by not enough rest over a period of time - whether from mental or physical exertion or illness.
Ideally, each individual needs between seven and eight hours of good quality sleep each night. Those with less build up sleep debt, or sleep deficit. At worst, drivers with sleep debt risk nodding off, yet fatigue can impair reaction time and decision making when behind the wheel which increases the risk of being involved in an accident.
If a driver falls asleep for just four seconds while travelling at a speed of 100 km/h the car will have gone 111 metres without a driver in control.
At high speed, a crash is likely with a high risk of death or severe injury. Fatigue is a major cause of crashes in Victoria resulting in some 50 deaths and approximately 300 serious injuries each year.
Drivers at Risk
Those groups of drivers considered at greatest risk of being involved in a fatigue-related accident are:
- young drivers
- shift workers, including heavy vehicle drivers and
- drivers with sleep disorders.
People often nod off or fall asleep when not intending to - while sitting on the couch watching TV, during a long meeting, or reading a book or newspaper but if it happens while driving - even for a couple of seconds - the car is out of control.
Informing drivers about the dangers of fatigue and key avoidance strategies are high road safety priorities for the TAC, with the aim of helping to reduce road trauma on Victoria's roads.
Download the fatigue case study below: