Traffic

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2008 - Social Science - 275 pages
21 Reviews
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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

Contents

Prologue
3
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
Chapter
153
Chapter Seven
176
Chapter Nine
244
Driving Lessons 277
276
Acknowledgments
287
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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.

www.howwedrive.com


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