Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt

I would like to recommend a very interesting book to you. It’s titled Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) and it’s written by Tom Vanderbilt.

To give you an idea of what this book is about, here’s a list of its chapters:

  • 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

I think it’s only natural someone like me would be interested in something like driving and everything associated with why people drive poorly (and needlessly cause death and injury to themselves and others).

Quick tip: on highway calls we can make ourselves a bit more visible if we park slightly at an angle as opposed to being totally parallel to the flow of traffic.

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