AAA warns drivers to be alert on day of solar eclipse


AAA Oklahoma is among those highway safety groups issuing warnings about driving on Monday, the 8th, the day of the solar eclipse. It issued the warning for drivers to be alert because “the fast-moving phenomenon could impact traffic safety.”

As spectacular as this once-in-a-lifetime event will be, if you happen to catch a glimpse of it while behind the wheel, do not turn your eyes away from the road,” says Rylie Fletcher, public affairs manager, AAA Oklahoma.

“Aside from damaging your eyes, looking at the eclipse while driving is distracted driving at its worst.  While AAA recommends staying off the road during the eclipse, if you have to drive keep sun visors and cell phones down to protect your eyes, reduce temptation to look at the sun, and avoid distracted driving.”

According to the Great American Eclipse website, many towns in Southeastern Oklahoma will witness totality, including Idabel and Broken Bow. Traffic safety advocates are expecting an influx of people in the area.

AAA Warns: Expect Traffic Jams

  • Sky gazers could take to the roads at the last minute, looking for a good view of the eclipse.
  • April 8 will be spring break vacation time for some in the country – there may be increased travel (and subsequently traffic) up to and including April 8.
  • Pack your patience, whether traveling great distance or locally, people will be out and about to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.

AAA Driver Safety Tips During the Solar Eclipse

  • Keep headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Do NOT pull over to the side of the road, highway or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians that many be walking around with their eyes on the sky.
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