Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)


Abstract

  • Why do traffic jams happen? How does the "windshield view" affect the way we see the world around us? Do people who merge at the last moment in construction work zones actually slow overall traffic? What can actually be done to reduce traffic? Bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt investigates these and other mysteries of the road, drawing from research in traffic engineering, psychology, behavioral economics and beyond to illuminate this surprisingly deep everyday activity.