Driving during the solar eclipse? Keep your eyes on the road, and keep moving, DOT says

One thing many of our viewers have been wondering is just how rare an event is this for our area?

(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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