The Solar Eclipse and Road Safety: Protect Yourself This Monday
This Monday, August 21st, the United States will be experiencing something awe-inspiring and rare: a total solar eclipse. This occurrence happens when the moon passes entirely in front of the sun, blocking it from a few seconds to a few minutes (depending on your location) as the earth rotates. People all over the country will be preparing to view the eclipse, but for those who will be on the road at the time, we have a few safety tips to follow…
- NEVER wear solar eclipse glasses while driving. This special type of eyewear protects your eyes from damaging rays while allowing you to view the solar eclipse as it happens. While great for viewing the skies, they aren’t so great for seeing the road in front of you, so take them off and opt for regular sunglasses instead when you’re behind the wheel.
- Keep your headlights on! This is easily forgotten for those of us who are used to the bright Florida sunshine. During the eclipse you need to have your headlights on to allow other drivers to see you, and for you to see the road in front of you clearly.
- Use common sense. Don’t try to view the eclipse while driving, and most definitely don’t attempt to photograph or video the eclipse while behind the wheel. If you want to experience the magic of the total eclipse, pull off to a safe location (not on the side of the road) like a parking lot, or even a local park or field. Distractions, even something as amazing and rare as a solar eclipse, are a major NO when you have the responsibility of protecting yourself and others when you’re driving a vehicle.
We hope you enjoy Monday’s events and can appreciate the beauty and wonder of this natural occurrence! We encourage you to use the above tips and stay safe, but also be on the lookout for spectators who DON’T follow the rules and could end up causing an accident. If you end up with an unexpected bump up with one of these drivers, you know whom to call. When the unexpected happens, WE STAND FOR YOU!