From the moment teenagers hit the legal age, driving becomes a privilege that gets taken for granted. As people become more comfortable in cars, operating them daily for the most mindless tasks, it becomes second nature.
That, however, is when things can get dangerous.
According to Perry Barndt, a car "artist" at Flat 12 Gallery and star of CNBC Prime's "The Car Chasers," becoming lax behind the wheel is one of the most ill-advised things a driver can do.
Barndt is also a stuntman who has appeared in movies like "Terminator 2, "Due Date" and "Predator." He's performed his fair share of car chases, 180's, and near misses, so he knows a thing or two about crashing cars.
"You have to remember all this is very choreographed. It's done by professionals. It's done on a road that has been locked down. And we control the environment," Barndt said.
"It's much different in the real world," he added. "When you're going drive in the real world you got to drive defensively.
Conventional wisdom says it's not just one individual's actions behind the wheel that keep roads safe, but also those of other drivers. In order to stay safe, motor operators must stay alert, aware, and in the moment when behind the wheel.
Barndt offers three basic defensive driving tips he suggests all drivers should follow to ensure their safety.