Your primary function while driving is alertness, paying attention is your most important driving task as it helps create the time you need to recognize road hazards, other drivers and predestinations situtations. Most accidents happen within 25 miles of your home. Since we mostly drive in our own neighborhoods, that makes it more likely to have accidents in that area. When driving in your neighborhood, you are more likely to be less alert as it is a familiar area. Remember kids playing in your neighborhood also feel safe playing in their yards and sometimes in the streets. You should always be alert where ever you drive.
It's amazing how many people lose concentration while they are driving. You must try to pay extra attention to what's going on around you at all times. By anticipating what people are going to do can help you avoid accidents. Driving demands your full attention.