Ever been to the Daytona 500 stock car race in Florida?
It’s really exciting watching the speeding pieces of metal at 190-200 mph; with a human strapped inside.
If you get the chance it is always an exciting event that begins NASCAR’s season. It’s the “super bowl” of auto racing.
Well, along with the exciting event comes the traffic too if you are traveling in Florida this week and next week. Even Disney’s theme parks experience a surge in guests.
Here are some traffic tips to go along with your travels; thanks to Florida Department of Transportation.
The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use the 511 Traveler Information System for information on current roadway impediments.
In addition to Sunday’s DAYTONA 500, the Speedway will host major events featuring the Can-Am Duel, NextEra Energy Resources 250 and PowerShares QQQ 300 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday—all are expected to draw large crowds to the area. Travelers should be prepared for increased congestion on I-4 from Orlando to Daytona Beach and I-95 from Jacksonville to Titusville.
Real-Time Traffic Updates
FDOT encourages race fans and travelers in the area to check the Florida 511 Traveler Information System prior to hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, including those near the Speedway, such as I-4 and I-95.
There are five convenient ways for all motorists to receive traffic updates:
- Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
- Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
- Sign up for a “My Florida 511” account at FL511.com to create custom routes and register for email, text or phone alerts.
- Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play or Apple App Store.
- Follow one of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), including @FL511_I75,@FL511_Central, @FL511_I95 and @FL511_I4.
During peak Speedweeks traffic, FDOT suggests travelers who are traveling through the area to consider using alternate routes such as SR 44, if traveling north on I-95 or east on I-4.
Daytona International Speedway offers fans free parking and park-and-ride service to and from the Speedway before and after the events. To access the free parking lots, fans are encouraged to take the following exits:
- Traveling south on I-95 exit at US 1 (exit 273)
- Traveling north on I-95 exit at LPGA Blvd. (exit 265) or SR 44 (exit 249)
- Traveling east on I-4 exit at SR 44 (exit 118) or SR 400/Beville Road
Detailed directions to parking are available at DAYTONA500.com.
- Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
- Allow ample time to reach your destination if traveling to or near the Daytona Beach area during on the days when traffic is expected to be the heaviest.
- Always wear a safety belt.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Florida 511 Features
- Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
- Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
- Public transit, airport and seaport information.
- AMBER, Silver and law enforcement alerts. America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.
- Travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and email, text and phone call alerts, available on FL511.com.
- Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
- The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.
(Daytona Raceway prepares for Speedweeks and the Daytona 500. FDOT is there to remind drivers to be Safe Today, or Tonight, and be Alive Tomorrow. Photo by Caleb Gressman)
Here is my personal note:
ENJOY FLORIDA! Drive safely and responsibly. When you’re walking or biking please know and follow the rules and watch for motorists who don’t see you!
Be alert today so you’ll be alive tomorrow.
While this is not the Daytona 500, it is representative of racing and the emphasis on being alert – no matter what you use to get around – whether your feet, wheelchair, bike or motorized vehicle. Thanks Sweet Motorsports for helping get the message out.