St. Louis and the surrounding areas are preparing a PARTY to celebrate the first total eclipse viewing in our region since 1442! This predates Columbus. The excitement is building!
With 1.6 million residents in the St. Louis area alone, this is going to be one massive celebration when you consider the guest list. EVERYBODY and their uncle is invited.
Not only that, the party stretches over multiple counties and towns. Visitors and locals alike have an amazing array of events to choose from.
People are going to go places. Crowded streets and highways are a sure bet! Tempers flare. Then we have trouble.
Car accidents and injuries are also a sure bet in crowded conditions.
Area hospitals and emergency centers have been laying in extra supplies. Public service workers, officers, and emergency management teams are prepping as well.
No one wants trouble. While you can’t control those around you on the crowded roads, you can also certainly take precautions.
If you plan to be out and about this coming weekend, here are some common sense ways to prep. C’mon! You KNOW you want to enjoy the fun!
1.) Avoid the main roads if possible.
It’s okay. Take the scenic route. You may get there faster, anyways!
Being a local, you have the edge. You probably know the back roads and multiple ways to get to where you want to go. So plan that extra time and spare yourself some headache.
2.) If you’re going somewhere unfamiliar, map out your adventure!
Guess what? With so many people converging on an already crowded area, some states are expecting cell towers to be overloaded. You may have trouble with your GPS! Plan ahead and bring a paper map. If you can’t find one (age of dinosaurs, he, he), print out your directions from an online mapping service.
Besides learning about astronomy with your family in living technicolor, you can take them back to the days of Columbus! Teach them how to read a map.
Map out multiple routes, and don’t forget to plan your way home!
3.) Pack your own emergency supplies!
Obviously, you may already be bringing a picnic lunch. You’ve already got your solar viewing glasses, too, right. (See what NASA says about eye safety in the link below.)
Add to it! Extra water, extra food, road flares, and first aid supplies — you can’t go wrong. If you don’t need it, you may be a friend in need is a friend indeed to someone else.
4.) Don’t forget about prepping your car!
Got a full tank of gas, oil, and coolant? A quick peek under the hood before you leave could make big difference in your day. Your family will love you more if you don’t run out of gas!
Walk around and check the tires. AAA will rescue you, but you might be in a long line for the tow truck, too!
5. ) Plan to keep your cool.
Crowds are more stressful for some of us than for others, true? If you find yourself in a fender-bender or a minor car accident, take a deep breath.
You may not be able to watch the eclipse from your top choice of viewing locations, but it will still happen! No one stops an eclipse.
If you plan for the worst (bring your car accident lawyer’s number with you), you will know exactly what to do. Reach for the phone. If there is personal injury involved, you already know the drill — call 911 first. Then call your experienced St. Louis car accident attorney:
Take another deep breath. Wherever you are, check your watch and gaze in awe at the skies. You can munch on some of those extra snacks while you wait.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Make sure you don’t miss it!
If you’re traveling in the St. Louis, Missouri area, you need your best St. Louis attorney in your phone contact list as an added emergency safeguard. Better safe than sorry!
Call The Law Offices of Nathan A. Steimel, LLC anytime to get meticulous, aggressive and accessible legal help. (636) 244-3737
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