Don’t fight fatigue – rest

Fatigue accounted for 48 deaths on the roads this year – around 20 percent of all serious and fatal crashes in Queensland.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said fatigue led drivers to lose concentration, become drowsy and could even result in micro-sleeps behind the wheel.

“We know many Queenslanders will embark on a road trip these holidays – this often means driving for an extended period of time through landscape which can be very monotonous,” Mr Spalding said.

“It’s vital drivers take a break every two hours, and don’t travel more than eight to 10 hours in one day.”

Mr Spalding said there were many myths surrounding staying alert behind the wheel.

“Some motorists tout the benefits of coffee, energy drinks, fresh air, loud music and air conditioning to help them stay awake,” he said.

“These methods do not work. The only solution for fatigue is to take a break and, if necessary, have a sleep.

“There are plenty of Driver Reviver sites around Queensland – utilise them and plan your journey so that the drive, including breaks, are part of the holiday.”

South-east Queensland

Amberley Cunningham Highway, BP Service Station (3km south-west of Yamanto)
Beaudesert Telemon Street, Caltex Service Station
Chevallum Bruce Highway
BP Service Station
(9km south-east of Nambour)
Ormeau Exit 45 off Pacific Motorway (M1),
Brien Harris Oval, Peachey Road
Alpha Shakespear Street off Capricorn Highway, Tourist Information Centre
Calliope (Gladstone) Bruce Highway, Calliope River Historical Village
(17km north of Calliope)
Mount Gordon (Bowen) Bruce Highway
(6km south of Bowen)
Waverley Creek Bruce Highway
(13km south of St Lawrence turn-off)
Windorah Windorah Arts and Crafts Association
Maryborough Street (Quilpie Windorah Road)
Yaamba Bruce Highway, Yaamba Rest Area
Ayr Bruce Highway, Sandy Corner
(1.5km north of Brandon)
Fountain Springs Barkly Highway
(60km west of Cloncurry)
Frances Creek (Ingham) Bruce Highway
(11km south of Ingham)
Hughenden Flinders Highway, Apex Park
(west of Hughenden)
Innisfail Corner of Bruce and Palmerston Highways
(5km north of Innisfail)
Julia Creek Flinders Highway, George Sills Park,
Corner of Burke and Goldring Streets (east side of Julia Creek)
Tully (Bilyana Creek) Bruce Highway, Bilyana Creek Rest Area
(22km south of Tully)
Charleville Cosmos Centre and Visitor Information Centre
1 Milky Way Drive Charleville
Open every day from 19 August – 10 September, 9am–5pm
Gin Gin Bruce Highway
(1km north of Gin Gin)
Gladfield Cunningham Highway
(24.3km north-east of Warwick)
Goondiwindi Cunningham Highway, Redmond Park (south side of Goondiwindi)
Gunalda Bruce Highway, Gunalda Rest Area
(east side of the highway)
Inglewood Cunningham Highway, Lions Park Rest Area
(east side of Inglewood)
Injune Hutton Street, Tourist Information Centre
Maryborough Bruce Highway, Maryborough South Travel Stop
(1km south of southern turn-off to Maryborough)
Miles Warrego Highway, Anzac Park, Corbett Drive
(east side of Miles)
Millmerran Gore Highway, Lions Park,
Corner of Mary and Edwards Streets (east side of Millmerran)
Monto Burnett Highway, Lions Park
(north side of Monto)
Mundubbera Burnett Highway, Black Stump Rest Area
(1km east of Mundubbera)
Wallangarra New England Highway
(north end of Wallangarra)
Wondai Bunya Highway, Dingo Creek Bicentennial Park
(north side of Wondai)
Yarraman Corner of New England and D’Aguilar Highways