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Traffic Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says about Us)

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ISBN-10: 0307264785

ISBN-13: 9780307264787

Edition: 2008

Authors: Tom Vanderbilt

List price: $24.95
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Would you be surprised that road rage has beneficial social effects? Or that you can gauge a nation7;s driving behavior by its levels of corruption? Or that traffic reporters can tell where a storm is heading by looking at traffic patterns? These are only a few of the remarkable dynamics that Tom Vanderbilt explores in this fascinating tour through the mysteries of the road. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe,Trafficgets under the hood of the quotidian 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…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Tom Vanderbilt is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in Wired, Nest, the New York Times Magazine, & The Nation. He is author of The Sneaker Book: An Anatomy of an Industry & An Icon.

Prologue: 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
Shut Up, I Can't Hear You: Anonymity, Aggression, and the Problems of Communicating While Driving
Are You Lookin's at Me? Eye Contact, Stereotypes, and Social Interaction on the Road
Waiting in Line, Waiting in Traffic: Why the Other Lane Always Moves Faster
Postscript: And Now, the Secrets of Late Merging Revealed
Why You're Not as Good a Driver as You Think You Are
If Driving Is So Easy, Why Is It So Hard for a Robot? What Teaching Machines to Drive Teaches Us About Driving
How's My Driving? How the Hell Should I Know? Why Lack of Feedback Fails Us on the Road
How Our Eyes and Minds Betray Us on the Road
Keep Your Mind on the Road: Why It's So Hard to Pay Attention in Traffic
Objects in Traffic Are More Complicated Than They Appear: How Our Driving Eyes Deceive Us
Why Ants Don't Get into Traffic Jams (and Humans Do): On Cooperation as a Cure for Congestion
Meet the World's Best Commuter: What We Can Learn from Ants, Locusts, and Crickets
Playing God in Los Angeles
When Slower Is Faster, or How the Few Defeat the Many: Traffic Flow and Human Nature
Why Women Cause More Congestion Than Men (and Other Secrets of Traffic)
Who Are All These People? The Psychology of Commuting
The Parking Problem: Why We Are Inefficient Parkers and How This Causes Congestion
Why More Roads Lead to More Traffic (and What to Do About It)
The Selfish Commuter
A Few Mickey Mouse Solutions to the Traffic Problem
When Dangerous Roads Are Safer
The Highway Conundrum: How Drivers Adapt to the Road They See
The Trouble with Traffic Signs-and How Getting Rid of Them Can Make Things Better for Everyone
Forgiving Roads or Permissive Roads? The Fatal Flaws of Traffic Engineering
How Traffic Explains the World: On Driving with a Local Accent
"Good Brakes, Good Horn, Good Luck": Plunging into the Maelstrom of Delhi Traffic
Why New Yorkers Jaywalk (and Why They Don't in Copenhagen): Traffic as Culture
Danger: Corruption Ahead-the Secret Indicator of Crazy Traffic
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
Semiconscious Fear: How We Misunderstand the Risks of the Road
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Why Risk on the Road Is So Complicated
The Risks of Safety
Epilogue: Driving Lessons
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index