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A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Washington Post a€c The Cleveland Plain-Dealer a€c 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.Take the Volvo V70 station wagon and the two-door BMW 3 Series. ... no way of qualifying the difference, and there are a raft of potential statistical problems, but this leads to all kinds of speculation: Did the BMW have better crash protection?

Author:Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher:Vintage - 2008-07-29


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