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Plan Ahead for Solar Eclipse

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It’s almost here: the solar eclipse, visible for the first time in Idaho since 1979, will take place this coming Monday, Aug. 21.

A lot of information has been posted to prepare people far and wide, thousands who will be visiting the Gem State for the spectacular, though short, event.

Are your solar eclipse glasses the proper kind to wear, for example? To help answer that question, read this. Or how about being mindful of how you can help prevent wildfires during the solar event? We’ve got you covered there, too.

Now, the Idaho Transportation Department is reminding travelers to prepare early for drive time and make sure your vehicle is in good working condition before hitting the roads on Monday.

Drivers should ensure their vehicles are in good working order. This includes getting the tire pressure checked, and making sure a vehicle’s battery, tires, headlights and brakes are in good working order.

In addition, drivers should carry emergency flare or portable signs to alert other drivers of an emergency, extra food and water, extra clothing or blankets for cooler weather, a flashlight with fully charged batteries, a fully charged cell phone and a map of Idaho highways.

The department’s 511 webpage and mobile app also will alert drivers to delays on the highways.

When possible, travelers are encouraged to return home on Tuesday, Aug. 22, or later in the week. This will reduce the number of vehicles on highways that are returning home Monday afternoon.

The next total eclipse visible from Idaho will be on June 25, 2169.

Be safe and enjoy the solar event. We hear it’s going to be out of this world.

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