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.
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Review: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)User Review - Jamie - Goodreads
The author covers lots of bases, including human physiology, psychology, economics, physics, urban planning, traffic engineering, history, and case studies of various places around the world as they ... Read full review
Review: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)User Review - Nathaniel - Goodreads
I had high hopes for this book after it sat unpurchased on my Amazon wishlist for three years...and once I finally got around to buying it, boy was I disappointed. To start with, Vanderbilt is the ... Read full review