Watch for the early warning signs
The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip. Drivers and motorcyclists can avoid fatigue crashes by recognising the early warning signs:
- Poor concentration
- Sore/tired eyes
- Slow reactions
Don't wait for a microsleep – by then it's too late. Pull over and stop when it is safe to do so, as soon as you experience any of these warning signs. Have a nap (20 minutes works best) or stop for a coffee if you are on a short trip (but remember caffeine won't help for long and doesn't work for everyone).*
Rest areas allow drivers and motorcyclists to park safely, walk around and refresh themselves before continuing their journey. They are available 24 hours a day year-round and are clearly signposted. Service centres, petrol stations, parks and country towns are other places you can stop and take a break from driving.
The Roads and Maritime Services website has online rest area maps with roadside locations throughout NSW.
Stop and revive
Driver Reviver sites operate across NSW at peak holiday periods. They offer a safe place to stop for a biscuit and a cup of Bushells tea or coffee. These sites are clearly signposted and are supported by Bushells Tea and the Centre for Road Safety. The Driver Reviver program is run by volunteer community groups including the Volunteer Rescue Association, State Emergency Services and Lions Club International.
The Roads and Maritime Services website has an online map of Driver Reviver sites across NSW. Drivers and motorcyclists should use rest area stops when driving during non-peak periods.
* Caffeine is not suitable for some individuals and can be harmful. Limits on the daily consumption of caffeine are recommended.