Concerned about driving during the Memorial Day Weekend?

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Click it or Ticket (credit: NHTSA)

Click it or Ticket (credit: NHTSA)

Florida Travel Guide to driving on Memorial Day Weekend

Today marks the start of the summer travel season – a time for celebration on many levels. If you’re driving during this holiday weekend, you’re joining more than 1.8 million Floridians according to AAA. All are forecasted to drive at least 50 miles somewhere between now and the 28th. If you’re among them, keep the following in mind:

Click it or Ticket Highway Patrols

Buckle up when you’re on the road this weekend. The national campaign for driving safety - Click It or Ticket – is being followed in Florida as well. Florida Highway Patrol are watching carefully right through till June 3rd.

Find the cheapest gas

When you need to fill up, use your phone to find you a deal on gas prices. The GPS on the GasBuddy app, shows you the closest gas stations to your current location, with prices. It’s a free download and is available on Android, iPhone/iPad and BlackBerry, so try it out.

Turnpike construction

There always seems to be construction happening somewhere! There have been warnings for some lane closures on Florida’s Turnpike so make sure you leave ample time if you have to be somewhere at a designated time for an outing.

Bathroom break

The fuller your car is, the more restroom stops there are! When you need to find a public toilet in a hurry, download the SitOrSquat App – the bathroom finder gives you reviews and photos along with hours and details such as whether a change-table is on site. The download is free and you can get it on an iPhone/iPad or Blackberry.

Take the bus or train!

If you don’t want to sit in traffic for hours, try the train as an alternative, or at least the bus, where you don’t have to concentrate on driving and can kick back and talk with friends, text or groove to tunes. RedCoach bus line has added more route frequency to their service for this weekend, so if you’re heading to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Miami, check them out!

Don’t drink and drive

We know you hear it all the time during long weekends, but it’s always a good reminder!

Tell us…

What do you drive on Memorial Day weekend?