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, a New York Times Notable Book and one of the Best Books of the Year according to The Washington Post, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Rocky Mountain News, 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.
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. Check out his "companion blog" to the book: How We Drive. (booksense)