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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt
With Traffic, Tom Vanderbilt explores a subject that most of us don't give a lot of thought to - driving. He explains how it's one of the most complex tasks we undertake, from the constant deluge of information each driver has to constantly process and then make multiple decisions every minute. He also exposes some of the truisms that run counter to conventional wisdom; roundabouts are safer than intersections, parking farther away from the mall gets you into the stores quicker, and why safer cars make drivers more willing to accept risk. And that we all think we're better drivers than we really are. Traffic has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic -- engagingly written, meticulously researched, endlessly interesting and informative -- is one of those rare books that comes out of the depths of nowhere."