AAA Travel Tip: Total eclipse in the car
The first cross-country solar eclipse since the advent of the automobile and creation of the free interstate system is heading our way Monday, August 21.
While our area is 400+ miles away from the path of totality, most of our region will experience about 85% percent obstruction of sunlight 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, do not turn your eyes away from the road,” said Tammy Arnette, Senior Public Affairs Specialist for AAA. “Aside from damaging your eyes, looking at the eclipse while driving is distracted driving at its worst. While AAA recommends staying off the road during the eclipse, if you have to drive keep sun visors and cell phones down to protect your eyes, reduce temptation to look at the sun, and avoid distracted driving.”
2017 Solar Eclipse Obstruction and Timeline
(% of totality)
|Start Time||Peak Time||End Time||Duration|
|Richmond, VA||86%||1:18 pm||2:44 pm||4:03 pm||2 hr., 45 mins.|
|Washington, DC||81%||1:17 pm||2:42 pm||4:01 pm||2 hr., 40 mins.|
|Baltimore, MD||79%||1:18 pm||2:42 pm||4:01 pm||2 hr., 40 mins.|
|Raleigh, NC||93%||1:16 pm||2:44 pm||4:06 pm||2 hr., 49 mins.|
|Outer Banks, NC||89%||1:24 pm||2:50 pm||4:09 pm||2 hr., 45 mins.|
|Charleston, SC||100%||1:16 pm||2:47 pm||4:09 pm||2 hr., 53 mins.|
SOURCE: Time and Date Eclipse Map
AAA advises to plan ahead
- Sky gazers could take to the roads at the last minute, looking for a good view of the eclipse, so find a spot for viewing early.
- August 21 is still summer vacation time for many – there may be increased travel (and subsequently traffic) up to and including Aug. 21.
- Pack your patience, whether traveling great distance or locally, people will be out-and-about to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.
AAA Driver Safety Tips During the Solar Eclipse
- Keep headlights on.
- Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
- Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
- Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
- Do NOT pull over to the side of the road, highway or interstate to view the eclipse.
- Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
- Be mindful of pedestrians that many be walking around with their eyes on the sky.
UVA Basketball Fans!
Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”
Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”
Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell