State is with you on the road this Labour Weekend

Making communities safer is a major part of IAG NZ’s role as New Zealand’s largest insurer.  That’s why we’re pleased to announce the return of State’s Driver Reviver this Labour Weekend for a ninth year running.

Starting this Friday, 25 October 2013, State Insurance staff will be handing out free food and drink to help refresh drivers on long journeys who pass through any of its five rest stops located on main roads across the country.

IAG NZ Corporate Communications Specialist Amanda Papps was among the volunteers at the last Driver Reviver.

IAG NZ Corporate Communications Specialist Amanda Papps was among the volunteers at the last Driver Reviver.

There’ll even be chairs for motorists to take a quick nap before they get back behind the wheel.  The idea is to reduce driver fatigue, which is often a contributing factor in a large number of minor and fatal road collisions.

“A lot of fatigue accidents happen when a driver is close to their destination, or just after they’ve set out.  People decide to try to push on through fatigue because they’re nearly there.  Or they start driving when still half-asleep,” says Roger Wallace, General Manager of State Insurance.

“State volunteers have been out on the highways every Easter and Labour Weekend for nearly ten years, serving free food and drink and reminding drivers of the creeping danger of fatigue.  We’re urging drivers to stop and get out of the car for at least 15 minutes the moment they notice any sign of fatigue.  Have something light to eat or drink.  Pull over somewhere safe if you need to take a nap, but don’t sleep for more than 20 minutes, as you may feel groggy.  And don’t drive off for at least 10 minutes after that, to make sure you’re fully awake.”

Visit State’s website: http://bit.ly/FQ7lJx or see below for the five State Driver Reviver rest stops with scheduled times.  Please be aware these are subject to light and weather conditions.

State DR Danny Wharakura

A driver enjoys a free sausage sizzle.

State Driver Reviver rest stops – Labour Weekend, October 2013

Uretiti Weigh Station – Ruakaka, Northland
State Highway 1, 30km south of Whangarei
Monday 28 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm

VTNZ Testing Station – Putaruru, Waikato
State Highway 1, 2km south of Putaruru
Friday 25 October, 1.00pm – 6.00pm and Saturday 26 October, 8.30am – 2.00pm

Ohakea, Manawatu – Weigh Station

State Highway 1, 2km south of Bulls
Monday 28 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm

Lewis Pass, Canterbury – Engineers Camp
State Highway 7
Saturday 26 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm

Ealing, Canterbury – Rest Area
State Highway 1, 110km south of Christchurch
Monday 28 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm

A younger passenger takes a break.

Even younger passengers appreciate a break.

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