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AAA releases driving tips for solar eclipse

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Published: Aug. 14, 2017 at 2:24 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The first cross-country solar eclipse since the automobile was invented is just one week away.

AAA is offering some tips to keep you safe if you happen to be on the road during the eclipse on August 21.

• 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.

The start time of the eclipse in Charleston is estimated to begin just after 1 p.m. and last around 3 hours.

The eclipse is estimated to block out 90% of the sun at peak totality.

“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 Crissy Gray, District Office Supervisor for AAA Charleston.