We have always had a passion for cars and driving. Now Traffic offers us an exceptionally rich understanding of that passion. Vanderbilt explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our attempts to engineer safety, and even identifies the most common mistakes drivers make in parking lots. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the quotidian activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological and technical factors that explain how traffic works.
©2008 Tom Vanderbilt; (P)2008 Books on Tape
The title led me to think it would discuss how our driving habits reflect our personalities. That would do it.
Instead of telling the reader why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us),It's just a recitation of statistics and studies, without any real connecting thread. Uninspired and dull. Here's a summary that will save potential readers a credit: Your perceptions are not as accurate as you think they are and we are all really bad drivers. There, now go buy a different book.
I found myself skipping chapters based on the titles. One chapter described Delhi's traffic as being really crazy. No revelation there.
Pronounce the letter "L" clearly.
Everything but the first and last chapters.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
This book could had been better if there was illustrations on the different types of traffic. Diagrams with traffic patterns would had been nice. I like the information that was presented, but let's face it, most drivers seems to get their license out of a Cracker Jack box, including most public bus drivers, which I encounter daily because I take the bus.
"Traffic" was okay to listen to. I needed an informational book. Should they sell this book at the DMV, probably not, but they should print some of the tips and facts that Tom Vanderbilt covers.
No, there were a couple interesting ideas, but some of the story was tedious to get through.
Stats and references were interesting, learned a lot about traffic around the world.
Good job reading, no issues there.
The author just quotes from other peoples research. There is no passion behind the topic and is merely a dull collection of facts from haphazardly conducted research. I could not finish listening as I couldn't make it seem worth my time - not worth it!
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