The count down to the solar eclipse is on and officials are warning it could be the biggest driving distraction of the century. It’s been nearly 100 years since an eclipse covered the continent.
There are 50 times more cars now and traffic in the eclipse zone could be four times worse than normal.
Tennessee is limiting lane closures, Nebraska is restricting drivers with oversized loads, Illinois is deploying digital message boards, and South Carolina is calling up extra state police and first responders.
Doug Hecox, of the Federal Highway Administration, says, “One of the areas where we’re especially concerned are rural spots – places like Wyoming,Idaho, Utah, parts of Nebraska? We know that tourists are flocking to those areas because the view will simply be better. But we also know that there are small roads there and local infrastructure may not be equipped to deal with the flood of tourists that they may be expecting.”
Keep in mind, the eclipse glasses are very good except for driving, so experts say don’t get behind the wheel while wearing them.