Traffic: why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)

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Knopf Canada, Jul 29, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
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Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us. Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He shows how roundabouts, which can feel dangerous and chaotic, actually make roads safer--and reduce traffic in the bargain. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots.--From publisher description.

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This book is really 4.5*. There is so much food for thought in this read. It is packed with really fascinating and simultaneously useful information. Vanderbilt really covers all the complex factors ... Read full review

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A quirky book, humorously written, with lots of anecdotes that drivers will identify with. The book was also filled with impressive research on the traffic situations in different countries, and how ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
19
Why Youre Not as Good a Driver as You Think You
51
Chapter Three
74
Chapter Four
102
Why Women Cause More Congestion Than
131
Why More Roads Lead to More Traffic
153
Chapter Seven
176
The Trouble with Traffic Signsand How Getting Rid of Them
186
The Fatal Flaws of Traffic Engineering
204
On Driving with a Local Accent
211
Traffic as Culture
231
Chapter Nine
244
Drivinq Lessons
277
Acknowledgments
287
Copyright

About the author (2008)

Tom Vanderbilt writes about design, technology, science and culture for Wired, Slate, The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn and drives a 2001 Volvo V40.

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