So, I think what makes a great driver is his ability to judge and anticipate not just his actions, but also of those around him. I like knowing ahead of time of hazards. It prepares me to anticipate things that could otherwise catch me off guard. I definitely leave extra distance between myself and the car in front of me when I know there is a hazard ahead. You never know when the driver in front of you will slam on brakes. Besides, my wife knows someone who lost his legs because he was hit by a car when he was assisting someone else on the shoulder.
That pothole in a road 2000 feet from now may not be deep enough to cause any damage and 1000 cars will drive right over it without a problem, but I'd rather know about it in case someone else is cut off guard and decides to drive around it right into my lane.
Those geese eating in the grass next to the road, I'd rather know about it because I'd feel rather bad killing one if it decides to cross a road.
Etc, etc, blah, blah, blah
I write too much.