Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us)
Rating: 310 Degrees (Out of 360 Degrees)
At first I wasn't sure what to expect. I grabbed this one as part of the "Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free" shelf and thought this could be a fun read. I was correct.
This book takes us down the interstate of human psychology, or rather sociology, and really analyses how our human nature is turned on it's head when sitting behind 4ooo pounds of anonymity. The studies presented are on point and maybe a bit of confirmation bias, but I had had thoughts of a similar conclusion with just my own personal observations.
The book goes further by comparing and contrasting our transit profile with that of other insects, such as the survival of cannibalistic locus hoards and group think ants. It's really neat to know human auto traffic can be related to other creates on differing scales.
If you ever wanted to analysis why simply "adding a lane" will likely not solve traffic jams and why round-a-bouts make for a more efficient intersection, then check out this book. It's fun, engaging and well researched.