FHWA Urges Drivers to Prepare Total Solar Eclipse Travel | US Department of Transportation

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States on August 21 and it could affect millions of drivers.

Fourteen states will be in the path of eclipse’s totality — from Oregon to South Carolina. The totality cuts across the country, meaning it will be seen by a large part of the population. It is anticipated that approximately 200 million people will be within a day’s drive of the total solar eclipse. Even those who can’t see the total eclipse will be able to see a partial one. Lasting only two minutes or so, the eclipse will darken the country during the middle of the day when millions are on American roads, potentially causing one of the largest driver distractions in years.

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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.