What do softball, soccer, and Frisbee have in common?
You have to anticipate which base to throw to if the ball comes to you. You have to anticipate where the next pass will go in order to steal the ball. You have to anticipate being the continue cut if the first cutter gets the disc.
Driving is no different. You have to anticipate cars driving down and off ramp will need to merge into your lane. You need to expect mistakes to happen, and know how to avoid dangerous situations. If you’re crawling down the highway behind a car that constantly speeds up and brakes suddenly, recognize this pattern and give yourself more stopping distance or avoid the driver and switch over to a different lane.
Anticipating mistakes and being prepared to deal with them is the best defense in the unpredictability of driving. Be Alert. Be Safe!