RACQ takes over Gin Gin Driver Reviver

RACQ has taken over the Gin Gin Driver Reviver rest stop, in a bid to reduce the risk of fatigue-related crashes.

Fatigue contributed to at least 13 percent of all fatal crashes on Queensland roads last year, with 33 lives lost.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said fatigue was often a silent killer.

“Fatigue is especially dangerous as is can affect any driver, of any age or experience level,” Mr Spalding said.

“We’re entering a high-risk time on our roads with many people hitting the road over the holidays. We recommend drivers stop to rest every two hours, and don’t drive more than 10 hours without a significant break.

“The only cure for fatigue is sleep, so if you’re feeling tired or have been on the road for two hours or more, it’s time to take a break.”

Mr Spalding said drivers often underestimated how tired they were behind the wheel.

“Don’t put your family at risk by driving while tired, or beginning a road trip following a long day at work,” he said.

“It’s vital you plan ahead, and try to avoid driving during the hours when you’d normally be asleep.

“Sharing the driving with a partner or friend will also help to ensure you and your family arrive at your destination safely.”

A free BBQ lunch was on offer to motorists at the Gin Gin Driver Reviver site on the Bruce Highway, 15km north of Gin Gin from 9am-3pm.