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Aug. 15, 2017 – The first cross-country solar eclipse since the advent of the automobile is heading our way Monday, Aug. 21. And, while it won’t shroud Oklahoma in complete darkness, drivers will see and feel the difference while on the road, which could lead to some distracted driving behavior.
Most of Oklahoma will experience 80 to 90 percent obstruction of sunlight over the lunch hour on Aug. 21 when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.
“As spectacular as this once-in-a-lifetime event will be, if you happen to catch a glimpse of it while behind the wheel, by all means, don’t turn your eyes away from the road,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Aside from damaging your eyes, looking at the eclipse while driving is distracted driving at its worst. In fact, AAA recommends staying off the road during the eclipse. But if you have to drive keep sun visors and cell phones down to protect your eyes, don’t give in to the temptation to look at the sun, and avoid all distractions.”
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AAA Driver Safety Tips during the Solar Eclipse
Be alert to the possibility of distracted drivers swerving into your lane.
Other drivers may be attempting to watch the eclipse and drive at the same time.
To help prevent trouble, keep additional space between you and other vehicles.
Reduce your speed so you will have more time to make an emergency maneuver if needed.
Be mindful of pedestrians that many be walking around with their eyes on the sky.
NASA reports that the eclipse will first be visible in Lincoln Beach, Ore. at 11:05 a.m. Oklahoma time, with a total eclipse occurring at 12:16 p.m., Oklahoma time. Over the next hour and a half, the total eclipse will pass over 14 states, ending near Charleston, S.C. at 1:48 p.m., Oklahoma time.
NASA has created an interactive map that allows you to view when the eclipse will be visible in your area.
The 14 states along the path of totality include: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
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