Traffic (Google eBook)
A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Washington Post • The Cleveland Plain-Dealer • Rocky Mountain News
In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom 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 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. Traffic is about more than driving: it's about human nature. It will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us, and it may even make us better drivers.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)User Review - Jeff Kelleher - Goodreads
Your are rolling along in the left lane when "Lane Closed Ahead" appears. Do you merge early or late? The socially-optimal strategy is to merge late, at or near the actual end of the lane. By doing so ... Read full review
Review: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)User Review - Giant Bolster - Goodreads
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
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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and what it Says about Us)
No preview available - 2009