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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) (utgåvan 2008)

av Tom Vanderbilt (Författare)

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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. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He shows how roundabouts, which can feel dangerous and chaotic, actually make roads safer--and reduce traffic in the bargain. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Författare:Tom Vanderbilt (Författare)
Info:Knopf (2008), Edition: 1, 416 pages
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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) av Tom Vanderbilt

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Traffic as a phenomenon is full of irritating paradoxes. Driving faster can mean everyone drives slower. Building roads to relieve congestion creates even more congestion. Redesigning roads to make them safer can cause more accidents. Putting up more warning signs means fewer of them get read. Trying to keep pedestrians protected from cars makes them less safe. Tailgating the car in front of you in a traffic jam does nothing to let you escape it. Traffic the book is an excellent in-depth study on driving and its effects on society that manages to both confirm a lot of my own driving prejudices and offer a lot of good insights into traffic congestion and a host of other related subjects. Vanderbilt talks about the history of traffic jams going back to the Romans and how modern technology is trying to stay one step ahead of the monster jams that modern technology helps create in the first place. Very readable and full of fun info. Quick takeaways, some of which should be obvious yet somehow aren't for a lot of people:
- Don't tailgate, it's really unsafe and often causes people to actually slow down
- Driving and texting/eating/anything in the car makes you way more likely to get into a wreck
- In a traffic jam, drive a slow but consistent speed instead of stopping and going; you won't get out of the jam any more quickly but you will both save on gas and help out the people behind you
- Late merging is the way to go, as it maximizes the use of space; don't get pissed off at people who zoom ahead of you, you didn't "own" a place in line
- Support toll roads/congestion pricing/higher street parking fees; recognizing that the precious resources of road and parking space aren't free will help everyone in the long run even if it hurts your wallet up front
- Stop thinking of roads as car transport devices only, there are lots of other types of transportation like bikes and pedestrians that have just as much of a right to be there as cars
- Suburban sprawl is ruining cities and in very real ways making us poorer as a nation, encourage any and every policy to spur density and alternatives to driving you see

If you're like me, you hate driving and try to do as little of it as possible, yet you still find the subject very interesting. Vanderbilt goes through a great tour of the many ways in which the rise of mega-commuting has warped our culture (e.g. we spend so much time in our cars that radio stations time their broadcasts to give you "driveway moments" that get you to stay in your car even after your trip has ended to hear the end of the segment) and the superhuman efforts of traffic engineers to shave even seconds off our journeys. Highly recommended. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Are you one of those people who is infuriated by stupid drivers? Do you feel a surge of road rage when drivers zoom past and then try to jump into the merging lane just before the other lane closes? Does it seem like traffic is worse now than ever before? Or are you a passenger in the car of a driver who refuses to acknowledge that he should really share the road with others? “Traffic” is a highly readable look at the culture of driving: subtitled “Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us),” this book is a little history, a little science, a little psychology all wrapped up around the topic of our modern transportation of choice.

This is a great book to hand to your backseat driver, although they may end up using it against you! Some of the findings in it will probably run counter to your own driving habits, or at least make you feel a little guilty. It may also lead you to reconsider some of your transportation choices. And for anyone who is trying to cut back on driving (and who isn’t these days, with the cost of gas), there are plenty of arguments in this book to help make your case. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Could only get through the first hour. Author used an absurd amount of filler content and never really got to anything interesting. Do not recommend. ( )
  rsanek | Dec 26, 2020 |
I selected this book based on a suggestion on the Bikepgh.org web site. I expected it to be focused on cycling but I was surprised to find that it was not. Quite an interesting read, the author explores everything from highway design (or lack thereof) to human physiological responses to driving to psychology. In order to really glean anything useful from this book the reader does have to be willing to take an objective look at their habits.

I read this on my Kindle. ( )
  feralcatbob | Dec 22, 2020 |
I enjoyed Traffic tremendously. My wife can testify how much—apparently, I wouldn't stop talking about it the whole time I was reading it. It presents a constant stream of interesting facts and ideas to mull over.

I picked it up on the recommendation of a co-worker, and because I'm interested in anything that can help me to be a better driver. This book completely changed my perspective about driving. It's changed what I notice on the road and how I act behind the wheel. I already find myself thinking differently about how I drive, and why I drive the way I do.

I believe that Traffic should be required reading in every Driver's Ed course in this country.

Truthfully, it's uncanny and a bit disturbing how precisely and accurately Mr. Vanderbilt capture the details of my personal experience of driving, how fully he describes the thoughts that go through my head as I travel down the road.

Traffic is a fascinating, eye-opening, impressively comprehensive, conventional-assumption-challenging, wonderful work. It's for people interested in being better drivers, but even more for people interested in a too often overlooked aspect of our society and culture.

How we drive says a lot about who we are. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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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. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He shows how roundabouts, which can feel dangerous and chaotic, actually make roads safer--and reduce traffic in the bargain. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots.--From publisher description.

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