Safety precautions for driving during solar eclipse

Safety precautions for driving during eclipse

We're just days away from the solar eclipse, and The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be careful on the road during the phenomenon. 

GDOT representative, Kyle Collins, says thousands of people are expected to travel to Northeast Georgia this weekend. That's the area where people can get a clear view of the total solar eclipse. 

If you're on the road Monday afternoon, Collins says make sure you take the following precautions. 

  • Do not pull over on the shoulder of an interstate or highway to watch the eclipse 
  • Plan a viewing location ahead of time
  • Turn on your headlights 
  • Do NOT drive with solar eclipse glasses on

AAA has also put out the following advisories.

  • Pull your visor down to block the sun from your view when you are behind the wheel 
  • Do not try to take photos or videos of the eclipse while driving 
  • Watch out for pedestrians who might have their eyes pointed up to the sky 

Collins says if you do have any problems on the road during the eclipse on Monday you can always dial 5-1-1 for assistance. That's the DOT's statewide assistance line. 

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