The RACQ has conducted a poll of long-distance drivers in an effort to gain a better understanding of how they make use of the state’s 34 designated driver reviver sites.
According to RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie, Queensland motorists have a preference for service station and roadhouse stopping points - and they are driving past driver reviver stops to reach them.
“So it’s a concern that motorists may be travelling further and pushing their limits to reach service stations or road houses instead of utilising them.” Ms Ritchie said.
The poll revealed that motorists are doing the extra time at the wheel to stop at locations with modern conveniences such as wifi, playgrounds and off-leash areas for pets.
Driver reviver stops offer travellers a chance to stretch their legs and are often manned by volunteers who provide tea, coffee and snacks, all with the aim of giving drivers a short break and reducing accidents caused by fatigue.
“Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on our roads, so it’s important to be wary of early warning signs - drowsiness or lack of concentration.”
Last year more than 41 people died on Queensland roads in fatigue related accidents.
To combat fatigue the RACQ recommends that all long distance drivers take a 15-minute break every two hours and that they don’t drive for more than 10-hours in a day.