WITH school holidays to begin on Monday, Orange Police have urged motorists to slow down and pull over if feeling tired.
Drivers should monitor their speed and watch for signs of tiredness when behind the wheel, ensure they wear seatbelts and are not distracted by mobile phones.
Orange Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Sergeant Mark Hevers has asked motorists to allow extra time to reach their destination with more vehicles expected on the road.
"If you're tired take a break, especially over the long weekend [October 5 to 7]," he said.
There have been 28 fewer deaths on NSW roads (239 in 2013) and 15 fewer fatal crashes (227 in 2013) compared to this time last year.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said while the NSW road toll is down from last year, drivers need to continue to be vigilant.
"While it is positive to see a decrease in fatal crashes compared to last year, we are still witnessing risk-taking behaviour," he said.
"With the school holidays beginning this weekend there will be more cars on road, travelling long distances.
"If you are feeling tired it is imperative to pull over.
Assistant Commissioner Hartley said motorists should ensure they have had at least eight hours sleep before driving.
It is recommended to take a rest every two hours, have something to eat and drink, and then continue on.
"It is better to take your time and arrive safely than risking your life or the life of an innocent bystander," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Drivers are reminded to ensure they wear seatbelts and children are in proper restraints, while they are also accountable for passengers under 16 years old.
The use of mobile phones while driving, if not in an approved hand-held device, carries a $304 fine and three demerit points, while drivers can expect to face fines and licence suspensions if exceeding the speed limit.
Drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h can receive a $2197 fine and on the spot licence suspension.