In fact, it is good to have a plan for the next three to five things you are going to do or react to. For example: That guy a block ahead is slowing down and easing to the right, so he is going to turn into that parking lot, but there are vehicles there in the driveway waiting to turn onto the street, so he probably will be blocked before he gets off the street, leaving the vehicle just ahead and to the right of me with the choice of moving into my lane or slowing down. Judging from his past actions, he will move over. I need to pull ahead of him, but that means I need to speed up as I approach that SUV waiting to pull into my lane from the left. I will reach him just as opposing traffic clears, giving him the break he has been waiting for to turn into the lane I will be in. I also need to be careful because that truck is likely to turn left at the following intersection, which will create vision obstructions and make the SUV driver prone to moving over into the right lane, which I plan to be in. I need to slow down and move well to the right as I pass the truck because it will block oncoming traffic's view of me. I need to be sure the SUV driver, who will be behind me, doesn't think this means I am turning right and tries to pass me... You get the picture. It sounds complex, but riders who successfully ride in traffic every day do it almost subconciously.