I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the total solar eclipse phenomenon happening on Monday, August 21. If not, a total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, and completely covers the sun. Anyone along the path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to witness the total solar eclipse. According to NASA, the last time the entire U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
It is important to remember that looking directly at the sun is extremely unsafe. Sunglasses are not equipped to protect your eyes from the sunlight during the eclipse. Experts suggest purchasing specific eclipse glasses for viewing purposes. You should not look directly at the uneclipsed or eclipsed sun at any time without the proper eyewear. To learn more and to find out where you can purchase eclipse glasses, visit NASA’s website.
How Does This Affect Truckers?
This total solar eclipse has many Americans excited, and rushing to book hotels along its path. According to Quartz, in addition to an increased number of travelers, nearly 200 million people live in close proximity to the eclipse’s path. Therefore, interstate congestion is expected to be horrendous. This has many states warning truckers to be cautious and plan ahead because traffic jams are more than likely going to happen.
Many state governments and trucking companies are encouraging and preparing truck drivers to take alternate routes to avoid congested areas. If you must travel through these areas, make sure to have a snacks and a tank full of gas because you could be sitting for a significant period of time.
According to Transport Topics, many states are warning drivers not to stop on interstates to watch the eclipse. Additionally, Oregon is prohibiting truck drivers with extra-wide loads from being on the roads from August 18-22.
Please stay alert and in contact with your carrier for new updates on the solar eclipse. Plan ahead for potential traffic jams throughout the entire U.S. during this time.
Enjoy this phenomenon, but remember to drive SAFELY!
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