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.

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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