AAA South Dakota is warning drivers to be extra cautious Monday August 21, the day of the eclipse. A lot of distracted drivers are expected to be out on the roads.

In fact, AAA recommends staying off the roads during the eclipse if at all possible. If you have to drive, don't give in to the temptation to look at the sun.

Marilyn Buskohl is a spokesperson for AAA South Dakota.

"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. Looking at the eclipse while driving is distracted driving at its worst."

Following are other bits of advice to keep in mind in order to stay safe while the eclipse is occuring.

  • Sky gazers could take to the roads at the last minute looking for a good view of the eclipse, so be on the lookout.
  • August 21 is still summer vacation time for many so increased travel and traffic should be expected.
  • Pack your patience. Whether traveling a great distance or locally people will be out and about to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.
  • Keep headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Don’t try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Don’t 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 alert to the possibility of distracted drivers swerving into your lane.
  • Be mindful of pedestrains that may be warlking around with their eyes on the sky.

NASA estimates that the eclipse here in South Dakota will approach 90% darkness and will occur at approximatly 12:16 PM. For more information NASA has created an interactive map.

The 14 states that will experience a total eclipse include: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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