TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - AAA says that driving during the solar eclipse can be dangerous, and offers some tips for those who plan on being on the roads today:
- 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.