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    DescriptionA "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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    Title
    Traffic
    Subtitle
    Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Vanderbilt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 402
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307277190
    ISBN 10: 0307277194
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 629.283
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BIC subject category V2: WGCB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    BIC subject category V2: JHB
    DC22: 629.283
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27100
    B&T Approval Code: A11010200, A86303200
    DC22: 629.28/3
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A35010200
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: TL152.5 .V36 2009
    Thema V1.0: WGC, JHB
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    11 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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
    Review quote
    "A surprising, enlightening look at the psychology of human beings behind the steering wheels . . . Required reading for anyone applying for a driver's license." --"The New York Times Book Review""Engagingly written, meticulously researched, endlessly interesting and informative." --"The Washington Post Book World""Smart and comprehensive. . . . Vanderbilt's book is likely to remain relevant well into the new century." --"The New Republic"""Traffic" will definitely change the way you think about driving, which also means changing the way you think about being human."--"Slate"Fascinating, surprising . . . Vanderbilt's book will be a revelation not just to us drivers but also, one might guess, to our policy makers."-Alan Moores, The Seattle Times"An engaging, informative, psychologically savvy account of the conscious and unconscious assumptions of individual drivers.... Full of fascinating facts and provocative propositions."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"An engrossing tour through the neuroscience of highway illusions, the psychology of late merging, and other existential driving dilemmas."--Discover"Manages to be downright fun."--Road and Track"Smart and comprehensive . . . A shrewd tour of the much-experienced but little-understood world of driving . . . A balanced and instructive discussion on how to improve our policies toward the inexorable car . . . Vanderbilt's book is likely to remain relevant well into the new century.""--"Edward L. Glaeser, The New Republic"A delightful tour through the mysteries and manners of driving.""--"Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek"A breezy . . . well-researched . . . examination of the strange interaction of humanity and multiton metal boxes that can roar along at . . . 60 m.p.h. or sit for hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic.""--"Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune"Traffic will definitely change the way you think about driving, which also means changing the way you think about being human.""--"Michael Agger, Slate"[A] joyride in the often surpri
    Table of contents
    Prologue Why I Became a Late Merger (and Why You Should Too) Chapter One 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’ 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 Chapter Two 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 Chapter Three 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 74 Objects in Traffic Are More Complicated Than They Appear: How Our Driving Eyes Deceive Us Chapter Four 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 Chapter Five 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 Chapter Six 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 Chapter Seven 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 Chapter Eight 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 Chapter Nine 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