This March and April, Florida will be one of the most popular spots in the nation for college students seeking a break from the books, and a week of sun and fun on Florida’s white sandy beaches. While nearly all beaches are visited, the most popular destinations for spring break are Pensacola, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West.
This year, more than 200 million “Spring Breakers” will travel to Florida to enjoy the best weather in the nation. If you (or a loved one) are one of these Spring Breakers, you may want to consider using a new app to make your drive safer and faster. The Florida Department of Transportation has developed the Florida 511 Traveler Information System. The state has placed 3,200 cameras on interstates and major highways in Florida to provide real-time views of traffic conditions.
The suggested way to use Florida 511 is to go online before the trip and plan out your trip on the website at FL511.com. Florida 511 provides up to three routes to choose from, and lets you see the travel conditions in advance before getting on the road. Then, when traveling, a passenger in the car can check the app as needed. Or, if traveling alone, stop at a rest area or other safe place and check the app while parked. The mobile app is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Florida 511 also has a Twitter feed, toll-free phone number when in Florida, and other helpful features.
With 20 million spring breakers swelling the roads in March and April, Florida 511 can ease college student’s trips, both coming and going!