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What You Should and Shouldn’t Do While Driving During a Solar Eclipse


On Monday, August 21st, the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979 will occur. The full eclipse will be visible for a large portion of the United States, and it’s possible that there will be drivers on the road as it happens. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has provided the following tips on what you should and should not do to keep yourself safe if you’re in a vehicle during the eclipse.

What You Should Do While Driving During an Eclipse

  • Make sure you’re being especially aware of your surroundings while you’re driving. Many drivers might become distracted once the sky suddenly becomes darker during the eclipse, and they may not pay as much attention to the cars around them.
  • Watch out for pedestrians. A lot of people may try to find an open space to watch the eclipse near roadways, and if they aren’t careful they may get too close to oncoming cars.
  • If you can, pull off of the road and find a safe place to park your car as the eclipse occurs. This way you can safely watch the eclipse and avoid potential accidents.

What You Should NOT Do While Driving During an Eclipse

  • Don’t wear specialized solar eclipse glasses while you’re driving. Once the eclipse reaches totality, it will get dark out and the darkened lenses of the glasses lessen the visibility of other cars on the road.
  • In no way should you try to take pictures of the eclipse while you’re driving. This would be distracted driving and quite dangerous for yourself and those around you.
  • Avoid watching the eclipse while you’re driving. Looking away from the road at any point while you’re driving can be very dangerous and lead to serious accidents and injuries.

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