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Eclipse viewing a part of vacation plans for many Western New Yorkers

Aug 21, 2017

AAA reports tourists have been flocking to states in the so-called "path of totality" of today's solar eclipse.

Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey says while New York is not in that path, excitement is building over the viewing.

And with any change in the environment, motorists should use extra caution, and drive with the headlights on, even though it won't be a total blackout in this area.

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"You want to be visible to other drivers to be alert, you want to make sure if you do pull over, to stop and see the eclipse, be alert for those pedestrians.  Make sure you're leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you if they come to abrupt stop," she said.

She says the auto club has fielded a number of calls from people wanting to know where they can go to get the best view of the eclipse.

"People are booking hotels, especially along the totality path.  People really are willing to take a vacation to see this once in a lifetime opportunity," she said.

Carey says drivers should not attempt to view the eclipse while driving.

She says the better option is to find a safe place to park and observe the eclipse there.

NASA has created an interactive map that allows people to view when the eclipse will be available in their area.