TxDOT warns: Heavy Texas traffic expected during annular eclipse on Sat. Oct. 14

Annular solar eclipse map for October 14, 2023. Map courtesy of National Eclipse
Map courtesy of Space.com


The Texas Department of Transportation is warning drivers to take extra caution on Saturday, Oct. 14, as an annular eclipse will be visible throughout the state from late morning to early afternoon.

As this intergalactic experience comes front and center, heavier traffic is expected throughout the weekend when out-of-state visitors and Texans travel to get the perfect view. TxDOT asks that drivers plan ahead for possible delays and give extra time to get to their destination before and after the eclipse.

TxDOT also wants to make sure that drivers pull into a safe location to watch the eclipse and avoid stopping on the roadway or parking on the shoulder. Do not try to view the eclipse while driving. TxDOT has multiple safety rest areas and Travel Information Centers with safe places to park. Those locations and real-time traffic updates can be found at drivetexas.org.

Here are more safety tips for Saturday:

  • Prepare your vehicle and yourself for extra time on the road. That means filling up your gas tank, checking tire pressure and bringing water and snacks in case you need to sit in traffic for a while.
  • Be calm and courteous on the road, slow down, and be ready for more traffic.
  • Dispose of all waste in a proper trash can, no exceptions. Don’t mess with Texas means don’t litter.

Highway message boards will warn drivers not to stop on the road or park on the shoulder, and to keep moving.