The TAC operates a number of Pause Stop sites across Victoria to encourage motorists to pull over, take a break and recharge so everyone can get to their destination safely.
Please see the interactive map below, which includes key VicRoads rest areas, Visitor Information Centres and points of interest around the state.
A pause from the road might save your life.
Drowsy driving contributes to 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 or tired you may find you:
- Have trouble remembering the last few kms driven, day dream or miss exits or traffic signs.
- Drift from your lane, tailgate, hit a shoulder rumble strip or have difficulty maintaining a consistent, correct speed.
- Find yourself waiting at traffic lights or not seeing lights change.
The only way to address fatigue is by sleeping. Make a choice not to drive when tired by following these guidelines to prevent driving drowsy:
- Plan your journey ahead of time.
- Aim to get enough quality sleep before driving – regardless of whether the trip is a long or short.
- Avoid driving at times when you would usually be sleeping.
- Don't travel for more than 8 - 10 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.
At TAC Pause Stop sites you will find:
- Complimentary barista-made coffee.
- Road trip essentials including travel items and activity packs for the kids.
- A chance to engage with the local community with our onsite market stalls and sausage sizzle (subject to location).
- Comfortable deckchairs for the perfect 15-minute powernap.
- Entry in a competition to win one of five Discover Victoria vouchers.
- A range of games to keep the kids entertained, including Connect 4 and Jenga.
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. It 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 vision to make the community safer.
With over 1000 members across the state, Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is the peak body and leading advocate for Victoria’s tourism and events industry. VTIC’s vision is for a globally competitive visitor economy, where Victoria is the leading destination for domestic and international visitors, with must-see attractions, must-do experiences, and an unrivalled calendar of major and business events.
The TAC's partnership with VTIC has increased the reach and impact of the Pause Stop campaign. We are now reaching drivers in all corners of Victoria by tapping into VTIC's extensive network of accredited Visitor Information Centres allowing us to communicate fatigue messaging at each.
Visit the VTIC website to learn more.