Road tripping in the Sunshine State? Here are five reasons to use the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) 511 when traveling in Florida.
It’s a real-time, traffic resource provided by FDOT, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Traffic updates cover anything from construction and crashes to lane closures, congestion, severe weather and detours on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways.
There are four ways to access the 511 Traveler Information System
- Dial 511 for updates in English and Spanish
- Visit opens in a new windowFL511.com for interactive maps and live traffic cameras
- Download the free mobile app available on opens in a new windowGoogle Play and opens in a new windowiTunes
- Follow one of the 12 regional and roadway-specific opens in a new windowTwitter feeds.
Receive personalized alerts and pre-program your most frequently used routes by registering through opens in a new windowMy Florida 511. Alerts can even be sent directly to your phone via email, phone call or text message.
Best of all, 511 is free to access and use! (Of course, if you don’t have unlimited data and messaging, message and data rates apply depending on your phone carrier.)
Since I’m frequently on Florida’s roadways, I have 511 on my iPhone to stay informed about traffic conditions and make smarter driving decisions. With the holidays coming up, it’s a smart idea to add it to your device sooner than later, before you get caught up in the holiday mayhem.
Are you a visitor planning a trip to the Sunshine State? Come prepared! Download 511 and be sure to stop at a Florida Welcome Center for your cup of orange or grapefruit juice.
Happy and safe travels!