Well, of interest to us all, for our SAFE DRIVING, is TRAFFIC, by Tom Vanderbilt. Take a look at the book review by Mary Roach in The New York Times, as well as the one on amazon.com (here's a pdf of facts - http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/lmong/Traffic_One_Sheet.pdf and you'll get some safety tips right off the bat. TRAFFIC is subtitled Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us).
- SUVs are more dangerous
- Saturday at 1 pm has heavier traffic than rush hour
- Up to 70% of people may just be looking for a parking space
- Traffic fatalities aren't new - in 1867 in New York, 4 pedestrians were killed by horses every week
- Things that we think are safer cause us to use less caution (like bicycle lanes)
- And this fact won't surprise you -- many traffic slowdowns are caused by people slowing down to take a look. But it's surprising what they - okay WE - will gawk at! This is well-known in marketing lore - change is what catches people's attention
It's sobering again to read about the dangers of multi-tasking in the car - from cell phones, to shaivng, to map reading, to applying makeup, to dictating.
I found it especially interesting to read about the studies of ancient chariot runways. Apparently chariot traffic got so bad in ancient Rome, Caesar had to ban daytime driving except for certain activities.
I plan to read the book. Hope you will to. We could all use safer driving!