The American Council on Transportation and Housing is urging drivers to be vigilant in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.
“It’s important to recognize when you are driving, you are in a vulnerable position,” said David Brown, executive director of the group.
“Drivers should consider their surroundings and their surroundings should not be an excuse for driving reckless.”
Brown’s advice is particularly pertinent as the nation continues to grapple with the threat of terror.
According to a National Institutes of Health report, “There is a greater risk of terror attacks in the U.S. in the first three months of the year than any other time since the beginning of the epidemic.”
Brown said the Orlando shooting could serve as a warning to drivers that a terrorist attack is afoot.
“Terrorists have targeted airports and other facilities in the past, and we are now seeing that this type of attack could occur anywhere,” Brown said.
“I think that’s why this is such a concern.”
While some of the worst mass shootings in American history occurred after the holiday shopping season, Brown said he doesn’t think the threat is as acute as it was in the days after the Paris attacks in November.
“We have seen a lot of changes in the last year, but it’s not the same as it’s been,” Brown told ABC News.
“There have been a lot more shooters in the United States, but this is a different threat environment.”
Brown is urging Americans to keep a distance from cars.
“People should stay away from people they know,” he said.
“Do not put your safety at risk.”ABC News’ Matthew Staver contributed to this report.