Re­vive and ar­rive alive

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By David Rak

‘‘We would rather serve you a cuppa than cut you out of your car.’’

That was the sim­ple mes­sage from Co­bram and Tocumwal SES vol­un­teer Jinette Gra­ham.

She and all SES vol­un­teers know fa­tigue is one of the big­gest killers on Aus­tralian roads.

Drowsy driv­ing is dan­ger­ous and po­ten­tially deadly. If you’re al­ready be­hind the wheel when you start to feel drowsy, the best rem­edy is to pull over and have a 15-minute pow­er­nap.

Many peo­ple think they can push through drowsi­ness, but you can’t fight sleep.

All day, sleep-in­duc­ing chem­i­cals build up in your brain. They even­tu­ally reach a tip­ping point, send­ing you off to sleep — which can hap­pen any­time and any­where.

About 13 per cent of driv­ers and riders killed in 2017 were likely to have been driv­ing while fa­tigued when they died.

That’s why SES and Li­ons Club vol­un­teers can be found at Driver Re­viver rests stops on hol­i­day week­ends and peak traf­fic days pro­vid­ing free tea, cof­fee and snacks to help mo­torists reach their des­ti­na­tions safely.

For more than 27 years, Driver Re­viver has been a na­tional cam­paign with one ob­jec­tive: to re­duce road col­li­sions by al­le­vi­at­ing driver fa­tigue.

The mes­sage is sim­ple: stop, re­vive, ar­rive alive.

Ms Gra­ham said the de­ci­sion to stop for a cuppa and a chat was a no-brainer.

‘‘Driver Re­viver is the best way to break up the monotony of long-dis­tance driv­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘All driv­ers need to be hon­est with them­selves and ac­cept they aren’t at their best when they’re tired.

‘‘We know fa­tigue is a ma­jor cause of road trauma and it’s im­por­tant peo­ple take the steps nec­es­sary to not be­come a statis­tic.

‘‘There’s plenty of vol­un­teers who would love to meet you at a rest stop and not at the scene of a crash.’’

Stop and re­vive: The Driver Re­viver pro­gram will save lives on our roads.

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