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

Author: Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Vanderbilt
ISBN: 9780307264787 0307264785 9780307397720 0307397726
OCLC Number: 906589231
Notes: "Reprinted four times. Sixth printing, Januay 2010."
Description: viii, 402 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Why I became a late merger (and why you should too) --
Why does the other lane always seem faster? How traffic messes with our heads --
Why you're not as good a driver as you think you are --
How our eyes and minds betray us on the road --
Why ants don't get into traffic jams (and humans do): on cooperation as a cure for congestion --
Why women cause more congestion than men (and other secrets of traffic) --
Why more roads lead to more traffic (and what to do about it) --
When dangerous roads are safer --
How traffic explains the world: on driving with a local accent --
Why you shouldn't drive with a beer-drinking divorced doctor named Fred on Super Bowl Sunday in a pickup truck in rural Montana: what's risky on the road and why --
Driving lessons.
Responsibility: Tom Vanderbilt.
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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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