Traveling during the solar eclipse? Don’t hit the road without these DOT tips

Many people will be hitting the road to witness the solar eclipse.

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The highways will undoubtedly be crowded, but the U.S. Department of Transportation is dishing out some advice to make your commute a little easier. 

From protecting your eyes to turning your headlights on, take a look at the tips below.

  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving!
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Turn your headlights on -- do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
  • Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion especially on the interstates in the path on the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the area of the main path if you can.

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