June 23, 2009


Have you ever wondered why traffic jams form? Vanderbilt explores how traffic works, why we drive the way that we do, and what that says about us. He explores basic traffic phenomena--why the other lane always seems to be moving faster and how our eyes play tricks on us while we drive, why more roads leads to more traffic, and how highways, round-abouts, and dangerous roads are actually safer for us. Most interestingly, he brings together history and psychology to explain what driving habits and traffic say about the local culture.

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us)
Tom Vanderbilt
TL 152.5 .V36 2008