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February 2016
 
511 Users in Florida Still Dial, but More Tap the App

How did you check traffic conditions on Florida’s roadways before you headed out today? If you used the Florida 511 app on your smartphone, you’re in the majority.

While hundreds of thousands of users still call 511 to hear real-time traffic info to make their driving less stressful, the FL511 smartphone apps have become more popular since their launch over 5 years ago. In 2015, users accessed the FL511 apps nearly 1 million times more than they dialed 511 — the first time that the app saw more use than the phone call.

The Florida Department of Transportation launched the FL511 iPhone app in 2011, and in 2013 followed with the FL511 Android app. It took the FL511 apps less than two years to leapfrog over the FL511 phone system to become the most-used way to obtain traffic information that may impact daily commutes or cross-state trips.

The FL511 Apple and Android apps users can:

  • Get real-time traffic conditions within a radius of your location
  • View incidents in a list or map view
  • See traffic cameras near an incident
  • Connect the app to your MyFlorida 511 account to see conditions on your personalized routes
  • Share incident information through Twitter or email
  • Provide feedback to FL511 on any issues or incidents not being reported

Don’t have the FL511 app on your phone? Download it today and access traffic and road conditions at your fingertips.

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Spring Break Road Trip Safety Tips
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Spring break is right around the corner, which means millions of college students, families and other drivers will be hitting the roads to head to the beach or visit family and friends. Whether you’re traveling near or far, staying safe is critical. Here are some road trip safety tips to make your spring break travel a breeze.

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  • Plan out your route before you hit the road. Make sure you know where the construction zones and road closures are along your route.
  • Slow down and be aware of road and traffic conditions when entering work zones.
  • Stay wide awake and alert when driving. Sleepy drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers. Get enough sleep so that you feel refreshed.
  • Switch drivers when you feel fatigued.
  • Take activity breaks before you start nodding off.
  • Prepare for stormy weather. Learn more about driving in spring storms like tornadoes and flash floods.
  • Stay on well-traveled roads where it is easier to get assistance if needed.
  • Make sure your spare tire is pumped up before you leave and that you have your car's fluids checked.
  • Drive safely and make sure your driver and all passengers wear their safety belts. Don't text or respond to phone calls while driving unless in a hands-free system.

 
 
Thank you Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

   
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  “Follow @fl511_state while traveling to and from work. It can save you time on your commute”

 
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  - Cody in Tampa
 
   
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  "@fl511_southeast saved me from major traffic on 95. Thanks 511!”

 
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  - Mark in West Palm Beach
 
 
 
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