Yes Elijah B. it is definitely not what most people practice – being aware of their surroundings. It is just important when a person is traveling in a vehicle to pay attention closely – and not just to avoid accidents.
Had I been paying more attention I would have noticed someone that was following/stalking me for almost two weeks ‘off and on’. And, saved myself an unpleasant encounter.
Practice varying your ‘routines now’, including how you drive to and from normal places. Become aware of how predictable you are and how that can be used to your detriment by someone watching you that you are unaware of
Pay attention to the vehicles behind you and beside you at all times and train yourself to notice the ones you may be seeing a bit to frequently. Notice vehicles that are out of place in your neighborhood/area BEFORE you get accustomed to seeing them