Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; four times highly commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigations into the tobacco industry. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Friday 03 September 1999
THOSE OF us who think we always end up in the slow queue are under an illusion. Cars in another motorway lane appear to be travelling faster, even when they are going at the same average speed. Donald Redelmeier, of Sunnybrook Health Science Center in North York, Ontario, and Robert Tisbshirani, of Stanford University in California, used computer and video simulations to show that vehicles spread out when moving fast and pack together when going more slowly. At slower speeds we spend more time being overtaken than overtaking. We are more aware of vehicles overtaking, because they stay longer in our field of vision.
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