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Driver Reviver stops will be open this long weekend with motorists reminded to plan ahead and take extra care while driving in regional NSW.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson urged motorists to factor in increased traffic for the long weekend, especially on major roads, and to make sure they were well-rested before getting behind the wheel.

 “We all love to use a long weekend to catch up with family and friends and often a road trip is one of the ways we enjoy these reunions.

 “The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip.

 “Make sure you’re on the lookout for early signs of fatigue which can include yawning, poor concentration, restlessness, slow reactions and sore, tired eyes.

 “If you’re experiencing any of the early warning signs, pull over and stop when it’s safe to do so. Rest areas, service centres, parks and country towns are other places you can stop and take a break from driving.

“There is plenty of road construction activity on our roads so users should follow signs and drive carefully through work sites.

 “Motorists are also encouraged to visit the Live Traffic NSW website at www.livetraffic.com before starting their journey.

 “This gives road users up-to-the minute advice about incidents and conditions which may affect their journey,” Mr Anderson concluded.

 Tips for planning a safe holiday road journey, including information on rest area locations, are available at https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/using-roads/trip-information/rest-areas/map/index.html and https://www.tollgroup.com/driverreviver