KYTC: Viewing tips for eclipse

With the eclipse just over a week away KYTC has curated a list of tips so your family can enjoy the special event as smoothly as possible.

Just making sure you have enough water or snacks with you when you're traveling to see the eclipse is something that might slip your mind.

Traffic is the biggest concern, but officials want your day to be enjoyable.

“It's a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Tamara Skinner, Glenwood Leadership Academy principal.

The countdown is starting to get real.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet compiling a list of tips that could easily be forgotten about during your trip to see the eclipse.

Finding a spot with rest rooms is a must… even though the actual eclipse doesn't last long… there's nothing worse than being stuck in traffic when you gotta go.

In order to get somewhere you have to have gas. Filling up before the day could prevent you from waiting in long lines.

Officials are expecting heavy cell and data traffic. If you're in an area you're not familiar with, it's best to bring an actual GPS because cell phone navigation may be sketchy.

And most importantly, if you're driving during the event, do not stop. Vehicles parking along the shoulder hinder traffic flow and create potential hazards.

Many Tri-Staters i spoke are already preparing.

“I have two little brothers, they're 8 and 1, and they definitely have their glasses. They've had that ready and set to go. They're super excited for it,” said student Cecily Pedregon.

Some spending their day at camp

“The grand kids are going to Camp Ondessonk. They'll have activities trails and swimming. So, they'll make a big day out of it,” said Tri-Stater Carolyn Woodard. 

And schools seem to be on top of their game.

“We'll be taking our entire school outside to view the solar eclipse at one time. It's gonna be a big community event for our school and also for all of our teachers that will have the opportunity to view the eclipse as well,” said Skinner.

Even those working trying to squeeze in time to see it.

“I am not doing anything that day I’ll be working but I may come out and see it I’ve got a pair of glasses,” said Woodard.

Since we are in a good viewing area, just remember to be patient. You will face very slow traffic at some point. Also, be careful. Due to the number of cars on the road, it's going to take emergency responders some extra time to respond.

Other tips:
• Be prepared for hot weather. Temps in mid-to-late August can be in the 90s.
• Bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and first aid items.
• Bring picnic or snack items. Restaurants and grocery stores may experience long lines.
• Be aware that heavy traffic congestion may interfere with delivery of food, fuel and other supplies along the total eclipse corridor.
• If your group is traveling in several vehicles consider communicating with two-way radios as cell service near the total eclipse corridor may be limited due to heavy


(This story was originally published August 13, 2017)


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