Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt

Book Review : Traffic

By Tom Vanderbilt

  • Publication Date: 2008-07-29
  • Genre: Sociology
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 11 Ratings)

Book Review

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year
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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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User Reviews

  • All I can say

    By Sgt Doakes
    I just finished the hardcover version of this book a couple days ago, and will never forget some of the things I've learned from it. This book contains fascinating glimpses into the mind-numbing psychological factors at work during our daily commutes, and combines them with the ever increasing amount of data and statistics on modern "traffic" as we know it. Combining this information into an engaging book was no doubt a daunting task for the author, and is evidenced by the massive amount of references cited in the back of the book. You owe it to yourself (and us other motorists) to read this book. You won't regret it, and it may literally save your life someday.