Concealed carry requires a certain mindset during daily life and it is best to always be aware of your environment. There are three great ways to improve your situational awareness while carrying a handgun. First, keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings. This also exudes confidence. Next, always note exits and people when entering a building or room. This will help with a quick exit, if needed. Lastly, use all your senses. Not only is it good to see your surroundings, but hearing is imperative to help ensure safety. Practice these steps daily and your situational awareness should improve.
- I’m really focusing on improving my situational awareness – or in laymen’s terms, simply paying attention to what’s going on around you.
- Keep your head up. That means not walking and texting or looking at my phone, or fiddling in my purse.
- I have to remind myself when in “transition” times such as walking from my office to the car, or leaving the house, to keep my head up and observe my environment.
“When you enter a building or a room, such as a shop or a restaurant, note immediately the location of key people (cashier, manager, patrons, etc) and exits.”