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Situational Awareness: The First Line of Defense

Situational Awareness: The First Line of Defense

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by JD

Situational awareness(SA) is the ability of observing the happenings around you. It is a something that we all use everyday to some degree. Anyone that drives a vehicle on public roadways uses situational awareness. Unfortunately, for some, it stops when they exit their vehicles.

When you’re driving, your senses should be in tune with not only what you’re doing but what else is happening on the road. Proper driving consists of looking as far ahead as possible, scanning your mirrors every so often to be aware of what’s around you. You should not be looking at the bumper of the vehicle in front of you! Give yourself space between you and the car in front so it allows you to see your surroundings. Why do we do this when driving? To give ourselves the earliest warning so we have as much time to react to something, whether it be an accident, something in the road etc. The same technique can, and should be applied to everyday life.

Col. Jeff Cooper was instrumental in bringing SA into the mainstream. Cooper was a Marine and is the creator of the “modern technique” of handgun shooting. Believing that if one were going to carry a handgun for self protection, one should be aware of their surroundings so as to have the best chance of survival. He devised a color code to separate the different levels of SA.

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