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99% Invisible: Can you drive blindfolded?

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California voters may have paved the way for a cleaner future when they passed Proposition 39, but they’re still famous for the gas-burning way they get around. California commuters often drive the same route, sometimes so frequently they might think they can navigate it blindfolded. 

In this episode of  99% Invisible, Tristan Cooke and Tom Nelson from the blog Humans in Design explore how the brain knows how to steer without really knowing how to steer, and what that means for steering wheel design. 

Click the audio player above to listen to the story. 

Test your own ability to drive blindfolded at the Tech Museum in San Jose exhibit Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition.