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Florida Motorcycle Handbook: Florida Department of Transportation's Free 511 Traffic Information Service

The Florida Motorcycle Driver Handbook contains all of the information that you need to familiarize yourself with the concepts on the license exam!

Florida Motorcycle Handbook: Florida Department of Transportation's Free 511 Traffic Information Service

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1. DHSMV Contact Information

The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) free 511 Traveler Information System provides realtime traffic information in English and Spanish for major Florida roadways. The system is updated with information about crashes, commuter travel times, congestion, lane closures, severe weather, construction and emergency evacuation information on interstate highways, Florida's Turnpike, and other metropolitan roadways. Information is available on the phone by dialing 511, or on the web at

Drivers are encouraged to find out about traffic conditions before getting behind the wheel. FDOT's My Florida 511 personalized services on allows registered users to customize routes and alerts to quickly retrieve travel information. Free personalized services include:

Custom Routes

  • Program frequently traveled routes using 511-covered roads
  • Once 511 is dialed, callers can immediately hear information on their custom routes

Personalized Alerts

  • 511 will alert callers about unusual roadway conditions on programmed routes
  • Program alerts by time, day and severity of conditions
  • Receive alerts by e-mail, text message and/or phone call (cell phone minutes and/or text message charges may apply)

511 Features:

  • Traffic information and travel times on Florida interstates, Florida's Turnpike and other major roadways
  • Voice-activated or touch-tone navigation
  • Travel updates, including accidents, lane closures, severe weather and construction
  • Public safety alerts and emergency evacuation information
  • Access to public transit, airport and seaport information
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Cell phone or landline use; standard cell phone minutes or text message charges may apply
  • Traffic cameras and customized services on; users can register for customized trips and e-mail, text and phone alerts