Drivers warned over rush hour eclipse

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Britain is set to experience its first ever modern-day rush hour solar eclipse this Friday, which has led motoring groups to warn drivers about the increased potential for accidents.

The phenomenon, which will see the sun obscured by the moon for around two hours, will be the first to occur during the hectic morning commute, and drivers are being urged to keep their eyes on the road.

A Highways Agency spokesperson 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."

The solar eclipse is due to begin at around 8:24am in London, and is not likely to end until 10:41am, meaning the majority of commuters will be traveling in low-light conditions.

Those looking for the best vantage point to watch the eclipse should head North, with Lerwick in the Shetland Isles set to experience 97 per cent coverage. Those in London will see an 84 per cent eclipse. Only the Faroe Islands and Svalbard in Norway will experience a total eclipse.

However, experts have warned of the dangers of trying to view the event, as there would be "a thin sliver of the sun" remaining.

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."