AAA Tips for Drivers During a Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses are awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime events. While the excitement surrounding them is understandable, AAA wants to remind eclipse-seekers to map out their viewing location in advance, and to be safely off the roadways while gazing at the skies.

AAA also offers the following tips for drivers during a solar eclipse:

  • Do not attempt to watch the eclipse while driving. Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic. The peak darkness phase will last just 2-3 minutes.
  • According to NASA, you should avoid looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection. The only safe way to look at the uneclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.
  • Drive safely. Eagerness to view the event is not an acceptable reason to drive aggressively or while distracted.
  • Drive with your headlights on. Not only will you be more visible to other drivers, your forward vision will be improved.
  • Watch out for pedestrians. There may be people standing in or along the roadway watching the eclipse.
  • Be on the alert for distracted drivers.
    • Other drivers may attempt to watch the eclipse and drive at the same time.
    • Keep additional space between you and other vehicles.
    • Reduce your speed so you have more time to make an emergency maneuver, if needed.