Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) - Tom Vanderbilt

According to the Washington Business Journal, the D.C. metropolitan area is the fourth-worst commute in the country and has seen a surge of aggressive driving. The mounting frustration with our world-class gridlock is an ideal backdrop for Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic (Knopf, $24.95), the new Freakonomics for cars. First, Vanderbilt wants us to know that we all overestimate our driving skills; researchers say there are some 2,000 discrete skills we employ in driving, and many of them we do not employ well.  Take merging, for example. Deciding when to merge is the single most stressful activity undertaken in daily traffic; to merge early or to merge late is a decision often cast in moralistic tones. Vanderbilt says he used to be an early merger, thinking it was the polite and efficient move. After researching his book, he has become one of those late mergers he previously thought of as selfish jerks.

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ISBN: 9780307277190
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009