The Arkansas National Guard’s annual training season has arrived, and motorists may notice more military vehicles on Arkansas’ highways, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.


Motorists can expect increased convoy traffic through June. Routes are coordinated with the Arkansas State Police prior to movements, officials said.


Annual training is usually conducted at a military installation that the National Guard completes each year. Convoys, a group of military vehicles traveling together, are utilized to transport personnel and equipment to the training site.


“Seeing a military convoy during annual training season is to be expected and no cause for alarm. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious around military convoys. Convoys travel up to 55 miles per hour on the interstate, significantly less than most vehicles. Military trucks accelerate slower than commercial vehicles and are built for combat, not comfort. It is discouraged for civilian vehicles to travel in between military vehicles involved in a convoy,” officials said.