SES volunteers were out in large numbers over the Easter long weekend, volunteering at Driver Reviver stops across Victoria, including in Leongatha.
Between handing out free hot drinks, Tony Lindhard said Driver Reviver sites gives people time to relax and regain their energy.
“It gives people the chance to stretch their legs for a few minutes and be able to drive for another hour or so,” he said, adding that it was busier than what they thought it was going to be, a good sign for volunteers.
On Thursday night, volunteers were starting to pack up when cars began pulling up at the stop. Despite volunteers wanting to spend time with their families over Easter, they understood the benefit of sitting down with drivers and allowing them to have a break, so they decided to stay longer.
Over the Easter long weekend, Driver Reviver sites had free biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate, as well as smiling volunteers happy to have a chat while people got their caffeine hit.
Driver Reviver has been around for more than 25 years and works to reduce driver fatigue and promote safe driving behaviours.
More than 23 million servings of coffee and tea have been handed out by volunteers at Driver Reviver sites since 1990.
Victorian State Emergency Service chief executive Stephen Griffin said SES volunteers love volunteering their time at Driver Reviver sites around Victoria.
“What they don’t enjoy is cutting people out of their vehicle after a fatigue related collision,” he said.
Driver Reviver in Leongatha