It’s no surprise that people walk and drive in the same lane. We are creatures of habit.
We may walk in randomn formations like pigeons but we mostly flock together like geese. Our agreement to stay in the right lane is unconscious, ambient.
Go walk in Australia, Britain, or Hong Hong and you’ll grapple with the frustration of opposites. In these foreign lands, it’ll be your fault for encroachment.
When we get used to things, they become habits. But our attention to them becomes suboptimal. The brain loses its processing power in repetiton.
Once we notice these automatic patterns, we can zig when everyone else zags. We can try different routes and keep other people guessing. Learning new habits makes us think on our feet.