Don't Drive With Your Eclipse Glasses On

Some things you would think we'd know without having to be told.  But maybe it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

Don't wear your eclipse glasses while driving.

Don't try to watch the eclipse while driving or take pictures of it while driving.

Those are the two that really stand out on the list from the Federal Highway Administration, AAA, and others concerned about our safety on the roads on August 21st.

I hadn't thought about it til I saw the sign on I-10 that said to turn your headlights on during the eclipse. 

The main thing to realize is that it's going to be tricky to drive when everyone's looking up.  Especially if they're behind the wheel at the time!


Please follow these tips to drive safely on the day of the solar eclipse:

  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving!
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Turn your headlights on -- do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
  • Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion especially on the interstates in the path on the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the area of the main path if you can.


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