VICSES (Victoria State Emergency Service) is the largest Road Rescue operator in Victoria. On average, volunteers respond to more than 1000 road crash rescues per year, which is far too many.
Driver fatigue contributes to road accidents, and it’s something that can be prevented by planning regular breaks through the trip. The only thing that can cure fatigue is sleep.
This is why the SES participates in Driver Reviver every year.
“We want to help to reduce driver fatigue in order to reduce fatalities on our roads,” SES community resilience coordinator in Gippsland, Merryn Henderson said.
“VICSES volunteers would much prefer to serve you a cup of coffee or tea than cut you out of your car, that’s why they’re happily taking time out of their own Christmas holidays.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing VICSES volunteers, for making Driver Reviver a priority again.
“While many of us are heading on holidays and visiting family and friends, our volunteers will be staffing Driver Reviver sites across the state to help keep the community Safe.
“If you plan to go on a road trip, make sure you go to https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/driver-reviver/locations to view Driver Reviver locations and operating hours.”
Tips for a long car journey:
• It is critical before leaving on long trips to be well rested
• Plan trips so that you will stop at least every two hours; 15 minutes is a good break
• Share the driving with someone else
• Don’t let the temperature inside the car make you drowsy
• Keep the radio or music at a low level; loud music can interfere with concentration
• Be flexible, if you feel you are getting tired, don’t wait, find somewhere safe and have a quick nap.
Research shows that drivers who have been awake for 24 hours will have a driving performance similar to a person who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.1g/100ml.
Drivers are therefore seven times more likely to have an accident as a person with a zero BAC who is not fatigued.