When you hear the "two-second rule" mentioned, you might think about the infamous rule declaring that food dropped on the floor is still safe to consume if you pick it up within two seconds. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is working hard to make drivers associate the two-second rule with something entirely different.
The longer time you take your eyes of the road, the greater the chance that you'll have an accident. Researchers have discovered that two seconds is the time span when a motorist's diverted eyes become especially deadly. LaHood is using this research to help automakers design vehicles that are less prone to distract drivers.
New Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines are asking auto manufacturers to design vehicle features that discourage drivers from taking their eyes off the road for longer than 1.5 seconds at a time.
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