This Monday, for the first time since 1979, certain parts of the continental U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse and even though only a partial eclipse will be visible from Indiana, it is important to stay safe if you’re driving while the phenomenon occurs. AAA provides the following safety tips for people who may be operating a vehicle during the eclipse.
Before getting behind the wheel, check NASA’s interactive map to pinpoint the approximate time the eclipse will be visible in your area so you can be off the road if you want to watch.
Be sure you have the proper protective eye wear while viewing the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Regular sunglasses will not suffice; the only safe way to view is with special ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers.
If you must be on the road while the eclipse is happening be sure to follow all traffic laws you normally would and avoid looking in the sky. Peak darkness will only last 2-3 minutes but if you think you’ll be distracted, find a safe place to park your vehicle.
If you’re driving during peak darkness, have your headlights on, watch for pedestrians who may be attempting to see the eclipse and keep additional space between you and other vehicles in case of potentially distracted drivers.