(USA TODAY) -- In midst of an anticipated coast-to-coast traffic jam, the U.S. Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay focused on the road during Monday’s solar eclipse.

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DOT wants drivers to exercise caution, as millions of Americans are expected to drive the path of the eclipse. These are DOT's safe driving tips:

  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder trying to get a good view of the sun, but instead drive to a safe location to view the rare event. Remember: Don’t look into the sun with your bare eyes — you need proper protection to view the eclipse.
  • Don’t drive with eclipse glasses on. You’d basically be driving blind.
  • When the eclipse blocks the sun, turn headlights on.
  • Be aware of increased traffic and pedestrians on roads.
  • If you can, avoid driving all together within the main path of the eclipse on Monday.

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