NCDOT to drivers on eclipse: Arrive early, stay put, and leave late

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “If you want to view the total eclipse, know where you’re going to be, know where you want to be, and make arrangements for everything you need in advance,” said Brian Rick, a communications officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

In just one week, roads in southeastern North Carolina could be packed with travelers wanting to check out the solar eclipse.

The NCDOT is planning for this. They say you should “arrive early,” “stay put,” and “leave late.”

“Traffic will be heavy in certain areas and will be lighter in others, but I would say expect the worst case scenario where you are sharing the road with a lot of folks,” said Rick.

Watch for pedestrians and distracted drivers around you.

Turn your headlights on as the sunlight dims over the course of the afternoon.

And don’t try to view or take photos of the eclipse while driving, especially if you’ve been able to get your hands on some special eclipse glasses.

“Don’t use those while you’re driving, don’t be trying to eyeball the eclipse anyway, and especially when you’re behind the wheel of a car,” said Rick.

Most importantly, plan for a higher number of drivers on roads since people are clamoring to see something they’ve never experienced before.

“If you’re going to make that trip, be aware that you’re gonna be having a lot of company on the roads. It’s not gonna business as usual, travel as usual,” said Rick.

Nearly 200 million Americans live within a day’s drive of the path of totality and it’s likely some will choose our roads to get there.

Join us next Monday at 2 p.m. for our special eclipse coverage. It will stream live on our website and our social media platforms so you can take it outside with you and interact with us. You won’t want to miss it.

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