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The Resource Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us), Tom Vanderbilt

Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us), Tom Vanderbilt

Label
Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)
Title
Traffic
Title remainder
why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)
Statement of responsibility
Tom Vanderbilt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us. 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 shows how roundabouts, which can feel dangerous and chaotic, actually make roads safer--and reduce traffic in the bargain. 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.--From publisher description
Summary
Analyzes the complex social, physical, psychological, and technical factors that dictate how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving reveals about us, discussing the unintended consequences of attempts to engineer safety
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2009.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2008
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289930
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
629.28/3
Index
index present
LC call number
TL152.5
LC item number
.V36 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)
Label
Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us), Tom Vanderbilt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-383) and index
Contents
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 -- Anonymity, aggression, and the problems of communicating while driving -- Eye contact, stereotypes and social interaction on the road -- Waiting in traffic -- The secrets of late merging revealed -- Why you're not as good a driver as you think you are -- Why is driving so hard for a robot? -- Why lack of feedback fails us on the road -- How our eyes and minds betray us on the road -- Why it's so hard to pay attention in traffic -- How our driving eyes deceive us -- Why ants don't get into traffic jams: cooperation as cure for congestion -- Playing God in Los Angeles -- When slower is faster, or, How the few defeat the man: traffic flow and human nature -- Why women cause more congestion than men (and other secrets of traffic) -- The psychology of commuting -- The parking problem: why we are inefficient parkers and how this causes congestion -- 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 -- 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 would be better for all -- Forgiving roads or permissive roads? The fatal flaws of traffic engineering -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- Driving lessons
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 402 p.
Isbn
9780307264787
Lccn
2008011507
System control number
  • ocn213495274
  • (OCoLC)213495274
Label
Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us), Tom Vanderbilt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-383) and index
Contents
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 -- Anonymity, aggression, and the problems of communicating while driving -- Eye contact, stereotypes and social interaction on the road -- Waiting in traffic -- The secrets of late merging revealed -- Why you're not as good a driver as you think you are -- Why is driving so hard for a robot? -- Why lack of feedback fails us on the road -- How our eyes and minds betray us on the road -- Why it's so hard to pay attention in traffic -- How our driving eyes deceive us -- Why ants don't get into traffic jams: cooperation as cure for congestion -- Playing God in Los Angeles -- When slower is faster, or, How the few defeat the man: traffic flow and human nature -- Why women cause more congestion than men (and other secrets of traffic) -- The psychology of commuting -- The parking problem: why we are inefficient parkers and how this causes congestion -- 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 -- 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 would be better for all -- Forgiving roads or permissive roads? The fatal flaws of traffic engineering -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- Driving lessons
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 402 p.
Isbn
9780307264787
Lccn
2008011507
System control number
  • ocn213495274
  • (OCoLC)213495274

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