The UK is set for its first ever rush house eclipse on Friday morning, which could result in a spate of road accidents, experts warn. The country’s latest solar eclipse will be the first time that the sun, moon and Earth will have all aligned during a hectic modern commute.
Following the prediction that this eclipse will begin at 8:24am in London, reaching its peak at 9:31am and not ending until 10:41am, there are concerns that distracted motorists may be more likely to crash during the busy rush hour period.
This eclipse is set to be most noticeable further north, with Lerwick in the Shetland Isles set to experience 97 per cent coverage of the sun by the moon. Edinburgh will experience 93 per cent, while Manchester will see 89 per cent coverage and in the capital 84 per cent of the sun will be covered.
As always, we advise road users to drive carefully, adjusting their driving according to weather and road conditions and during the eclipse we’d ask them to do the same.
A spokesperson from the Highways Agency told the Independent: “Safety is a top priority. As always, we advise road users to drive carefully, adjusting their driving according to weather and road conditions and during the eclipse we’d ask them to do the same.”
Motorists and bystanders are urged not to look directly at the sun during this partial eclipse, as the thin remaining sliver of sun can make sun-watching even more dangerous than normal. Vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, Mr Scagell, said: “We’ve always had this problem with partial eclipses in particular. You need to cut down the light of the Sun by an enormous amount before you can look at it safely.”