April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which led the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety to release the results of a recent study testing how accurate the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recommendations on driver attention might be. According to the Liberty Mutual, NHTSA recommends that drivers look away from the road for no more than two seconds at 70 mph. But is that really safe?
Consider this: At 70 mph, your car travels about 100 feet per second. So, during those two seconds you've glanced away, your car has gone about 200 feet -- or two-thirds of the length of a football field. Can you afford to look away that long?