Drivers dealing with soggy Memorial Day travel

Published: May. 28, 2018 at 4:11 PM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 28, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The weather is making it a little tougher for those traveling this Memorial Day, especially on the road.

Drivers on Interstate 10 spent Memorial Day dealing with wet roads.

Reid Hildreth was on his way from Savannah, Georgia to New Orleans. He said, "It was fine until we got on the interstate. We went through a bad shower just outside of Tallahassee. The water was kind of standing on the highway. So, we had to slow down to about 55 (mph)."

Reed McKnight, who's driving from Orlando back home to Gulf Breeze, Florida, said, "It's not that bad. This is the first rain we've hit all the way from Orlando. So, it's not bad at all so far."

Ernesto Finol said, "Traveling is good but not in this weather. But, at least we are safe. We have a lot of police officers going around, so it should be fine."

Finol is driving from Orlando back to Louisiana.

AAA Auto Club estimated nearly 40 million people are driving for the holiday weekend.

Many driving through our area say the rain hasn't impacted their holiday because they would've been traveling on this day anyway. But they would prefer to be driving in the sunshine rather than rain.

The off and on rain does have Christopher Ivey concerned. He's traveling from St. Petersburg, Florida to Birmingham, Alabama.

"A couple of weeks ago, I got into an accident outside of Montgomery. A car rear-ended me. So, I'm real worried about that now, especially in the rain," Ivey said.

Tonya Smith is driving from the Tampa area back home to Texas. "There were some areas where you could hardly see in front of you. But, people would put their flashers on so you could see them, so that was pretty good," she said. "Everyone's been pretty good on the highway, so that's good."

AAA says to always turn on your headlights while driving in the rain, but avoid using your high beams.

Drivers are cautioned to avoid standing water, drive distraction free, and wear your seat belt.

The Florida Highway Patrol is out on the roadways in full force.