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Eclipse road trip tips

Transportation officials are offering this tips on how to avoid trouble if you're on the road during the eclipse.

• Don't stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.

• Don't try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.

• Turn your headlights on.

• Use extra caution if your travels take you through a work zone during the eclipse.

• Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside during the time of the eclipse to get a good view.

• Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.

• If you're driving to your eclipse viewing destination, leave a day or two early and plan to come home a day or two after the eclipse. Hotels and campsites have been booked for months if not years, but you may be able to stay with a friend or find a place to park a trailer or RV.

• Keep your gas tank at least half full. Smaller communities could experience fuel and/or food shortages. You don't want to be running on empty if you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic because you'll likely run out of gas. Don't carry extra gasoline - it's flammable and could explode. It can also emit dangerous fumes. And with the surge in demand for gasoline and diesel, expect pump prices to climb before and after the eclipse. AAA's mobile app can help you find the cheapest gas in your area.

• Pack water and non-perishable food for all passengers and pets.

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