Posted by: Matt Compton | October 18, 2008

Reviewing Traffic

One day, just after I got my license, I came upon an intersection near my house and noticed that a caution light had been replaced by a stop light. I hit the breaks.

Days later, riding down the same road with my dad, we came to the intersection, and he didn’t slow down for a second. The difference between us? I was a new driver, trying to pay attention to everything, and my father, with thirty years of experience on the road, saw nothing that he didn’t expect to see.

Tom Vanderbilt would have told me to expect nothing different.

My review of his new book is available in the current issue of Boldtype.


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