Driver Revivers operate throughout Australia during school/university holidays and over long weekends to reduce fatigue related crashes on our roads. So, if you’re planning a road-trip, Driver Revivers are a great place to take a break from the driving and enjoy some free refreshments.
Top 10 facts
- Around 80 Driver Revivers operate in NSW and more are proposed.
- Driver Reviver is sponsored by Bushells Tea and Arnotts Biscuits who provide free tea, coffee and biscuits.
- Driver Reviver sites offer toilet facilities, shade, seating and water. Some offer ‘extras’ like entertainment (radio, kids’ games), baby change tables, pet bowls.
- Operating days/times vary between sites. Some open 24 hours over the whole holiday period, some operate 9am-5pm and others operate at peak arrival times or at the start and end of the holiday period.
- Roads and Maritime Services signage tells you when you’re approaching a Driver Reviver, but, to help drivers plan ahead, click on the Rest Area maps’ link below for locations. A list of sites and operating times is also available two weeks prior to each holiday period.
- About 1.1 million people stop at Driver Revivers across Australia each year.
- Up to 1.7 million cuppas and 1.3 million snacks are consumed each year.
- The Driver Reviver program started in 1986 with a handful of sites.
- Community groups including Lions, SES and volunteer rescue (VRA) run individual Driver Revivers.
- There are currently more than 5,000 Driver Reviver volunteers from all ages and backgrounds who provide a warm welcome and information on other places to stop plus places of interest.
Volunteering at a Driver Reviver is worthwhile, fun and can help you meet people from all over Australia and overseas. If you’d like to volunteer at a Driver Reviver, go to ‘Volunteers’ at www.driverreviver.com.au.
Community Driver Reviver stops only operate during holiday periods.
If no Community Driver Reviver stops are operating when you travel, be sure to revive at other safe stopping locations including country towns, scenic points, service centres, petrol stations, parks and roadside rest areas.