Planning For Eclipse Traffic

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Uncle Buck's Comment
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Have your companies made any efforts in planning around potential traffic impacts from the upcoming eclipse? They are saying that anywhere near the path of totality there will be a major increase in traffic. I am traveling about an hour and half from where I live to be in path of totality when it happens. I am definitely staying off of the interstate though. I am afraid people will be stopped along the interstates, which is not the safest thing to do.


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Chris M's Comment
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In Birmingham, AL on July 4th every year they have a fireworks show that the call thunder on the mountain. Every year, people park on the shoulders of I-65 on both sides of Red Mountain to get a good view of it. It is literally cars stretched bumper to bumper along both shoulders Northbound and Southbound with people standing next to and BETWEEN the parked cars.

I fully expect that the be the case anywhere near the "path of totality". I think we're gonna have to put it in the middle of the road and just creep through those areas on Monday. It will no doubt make traffic a big handle.

But to answer your question, my company has only sent a Qualcomm message reminding everyone to be extra careful and just take it slow through congested areas. I think it's probably wise to make your best attempt to take a little break around that time if at all possible. If you have to drive through the path just plan on it being extra slow.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I just drove I-55 from Memphis to St. Louis. The Missouri stretch had those traffic notice signs up on the shoulders:

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jim A.'s Comment
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I'm just glad I won't be working on Monday, although the days before and after will be a pain also.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Nashville, TN is along the path. So I would avoid it if possible. It will occur at 1327

Bill F.'s Comment
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I'm more worried about the blind drivers that used the cheapo chinese eclipse glasses.

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