How to Prepare for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

Truck drivers and fleet managers must stay vigilant daily to prevent delays in transporting goods. This weekend, they should also factor in a significant celestial event: a total solar eclipse, visible in the U.S. on Monday, April 8, for the first time since 2017. This astronomical phenomenon will impact life and the trucking industry, as evidenced by a previous eclipse that resulted in highway incidents.

The eclipse’s path of totality will traverse 13 U.S. states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The eclipse will enter the U.S. from Mexico into Texas at approximately 1:30 p.m. CDT on April 8 and exit in Maine around 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Pre-eclipse trucking considerations:
  • Expect increased traffic leading up to the eclipse weekend.
  • Similar to the 2017 event, heightened traffic near the path of totality is anticipated.
  • Increased traffic may lead to safety concerns such as illegal parking and wildfire risks.
  • Traffic technology experts warn of a spike in fatal crashes during such events due to distractions, unfamiliar roads, and speeding.

Several states, including Vermont, Texas, and Arkansas, have imposed restrictions on commercial vehicle traffic leading up to and during the eclipse. While oversized loads face stricter regulations, regular trucking is advised to avoid congested areas without facing penalties.

How to Avoid Traffic

Truck drivers can find alternate routes to bypass solar eclipse-related traffic by utilizing the following strategies:

  1. GPS Navigation Systems: Use GPS devices or navigation apps that provide real-time traffic updates and suggest alternative routes to avoid congestion.
  2. Traffic Alert Services: Subscribe to traffic alert services that notify drivers about potential delays and suggest detours based on current road conditions.
  3. Online Mapping Tools: Use online mapping tools like Google Maps or Waze that offer traffic insights and alternative routes to optimize travel time.
  4. Local Traffic Reports: Tune in to local radio stations or check online traffic reports to stay informed about road closures, accidents, and traffic patterns in real-time.
  5. Professional Networks: Connect with fellow truck drivers or industry groups to share information and insights on the best routes to navigate during the solar eclipse period.

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