Memorial Day is almost upon us. The three-day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Last year, AAA estimated that more than 41.5 million Americans would travel during the holiday weekend in 2018. By far, the vast majority use automobiles to travel, with an estimated 36 million expected to hit the road last Memorial Day, according to AAA.
Florida roads are busy too, of course. Orlando is a very popular Memorial Day destination, and many individuals or families will travel both within and outside the state.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27. The holiday weekend is from May 25 to 27, with travel starting to increase on the Friday before the weekend.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) urges motorists to use the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) as part of their travel plans. Motorists should check the website before they leave home for road conditions, incidents, and travel messages from FDOT. Once on the road, passengers in the car can check the FL511 Mobile App, now featuring Drive Mode and voice interaction features, to get up-to-the minute, real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the State of Florida. Before returning home, check the website and app as well. The camera images also are helpful in seeing snapshot road conditions near home, or hundreds of miles away in a different area of Florida. The FL511 Mobile App is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
FL511 can help holiday travelers arrive more safely and with less time on the road!