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

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Would you be surprised that road rage can be good for society? That most crashes happen on sunny, dry days? Or that you can gauge a nation s driving behavior by its levels of corruption? These are only a few of the remarkable dynamics that Tom Vanderbilt explores in this fascinating tour through the mysteries of the road. 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. As Vanderbilt shows, driving is a provocatively revealing prism for examining how our minds work and the ways in which we interact with one another. Ultimately, Traffic is about more than driving: it s about human nature. This audiobook will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. And who knows? It may even make us better drivers."
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subject_facetAutomobile driving -- Psychological aspects
Traffic congestion
title_displayTraffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)
title_fullTraffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us) / by Tom Vanderbilt
Traffic Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
title_shortTraffic
title_subwhy we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)
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Nonfiction
Psychological aspects
Sociology
Traffic congestion