The world is excited about the upcoming solar eclipse especially Texas because it will be in full view in the Austin area.

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Monday, April 8th is the big day for the solar eclipse and it will travel over the Lone Star State between 1:30 and 1:50 pm.

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However, with all the hype about the solar eclipse, safety comes first.  As you may know, scientists and doctors highly recommend wearing special glasses or eye protection to view the solar eclipse.    This is advised because the bright rays from the sun can burn your retina cells and there are no pain receptors in the retina.

The Texas Department of Transportation warns drivers not to wear eclipse glasses while driving.  The glasses themselves are dark and with the moon blocking the sun, the skies will be dark, and combining both can be dangerous.

TxDOT offers other safety tips including:

  • Expect heavy traffic and sudden stops by drivers.
  • Be on alert for distracted pedestrians looking to the sky.
  • Keep your headlights on while driving, even in the daylight.
  • Always keep your eyes on the road. Only view the eclipse once safely parked away from the flow of traffic.

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It is definitely a historic event that we are about to experience!  It's a fun experience that we as humans only get to experience ever so often.  Just make sure you are safe while viewing the solar eclipse.

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