Sisters & brothers, we’ve been getting questions about what operators should expect during the eclipse on Monday. Thankfully, AAA has put together a guide for what to expect, and we want to flag a few specific tips for our members:
First and foremost, traffic is going to be AWFUL in the days leading up to the eclipse and at the absolute worst during the event itself (exact times vary depending on where you are, but mid-morning on Monday). That’s going to hit especially hard in rural areas, as well as parts of Oregon in the “path of totality” where it will be darkest during the eclipse – that includes our members in Salem, Corvallis, Sisters, Redmond, and Prineville. Everyone should expect bumper-to-bumper traffic, no matter where you’re driving.
We (and AAA) anticipate that the eclipse will lead to other folks on the road driving distracted – the Federal Highway Administration has called it “the biggest distraction on the road this century” – and so transit drivers working Monday morning should be especially alert when it comes to other vehicles on the road.
And the #1 piece of advice we can give you, and we know this sounds obvious: DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN DURING THE ECLIPSE! It may be behind the moon, but even the light peeking through is dangerous for your eyes, and can permanently scar your retinas. Make sure you don’t look at the sun without a pair of special glasses (available for about $2 at most grocery stores) to protect your eyes.
If you have any questions or concerns about driving during the eclipse, don’t hesitate to reach out to the union!