Originally Posted by dog2000tj
C'mon folks, over 800 views and not too many folks have much to add?
Let us know what you do/know/practice to keep yourself out of harms way
I started to reply, but then got self conscious as if I was some glaring authority...LOL
Okay, some little things I personally do.
We have highways here that have traffic in excess of 60mph and there is either a turn lane or no median/ barrier. When I drive these roads I try to stay away from the fast lane if I can because it's the closest to oncoming traffic. A driver texting or wrestling with a kid might veer into oncoming traffic, so I just keep to the outside lane if practical.
When I am walking with the lady, or anyone smaller than me, along a sidewalk or in a parking lot, I put myself between them and traffic, shielding them to the building or parked cars. If I notice someone that is fumbling around near a parked car or something I will make a move to cross the travel lane and put distance between us and them.
I try to never stand at the front of an elevator, I prefer the side with my strong hand towards the door.
In a crowd, like a line for a game, while my head is on a swivel, I also stand with my feet about shoulder width apart so that I can create space if I need too. If you are caught off guard with your feet close together you can be toppled, but if you have a decent base, you can take a shove or collision much better.
When I carry concealed and I have a jacket on I always leave it u zipped unless it's just nasty out. I always place my keys and cell in the pocket on my gun side so it has weight. The weight helps keep the jacket down and not rising up to avoid detection, but if I need to access the weapon, the added weight allows the jacket to swing open in speedy fashion.
I don't carry a Glock. This is huge and I remain alive today because of it. ZING!
When I am out an about, I pay attention to other peoples animals, especially dogs. It's cliche', but they can sense when something isn't right. One time I was in Kali and this ladies' little mop dog was going bananas at this little restaurant in Gilroy. It was barking and circling and running back and forth like it was on crack. About 5-8 minutes later there was an earthquake that was centered about 30 miles outside of Gilroy proper. A small one, but enough to get my attention. I remain convinced the dog knew and was trying to tell the owner.
I carry a knife. Everywhere. It's rule 1 really. Without I feel like something is wrong. I've done it so long now I don't even think about putting it in my pocket, it just kind of gets there every morning when I upload the daily needs.
I always make sure I know which way the door swings when I am somewhere new. Much like C3 alluded too above, doors that swing IN are your friends unless there is a mad scramble to get out (fire scenario). In which case you don't want to be crowded into a pull door, so make note of that and prepare accordingly.
Probably some more stuff, but I need to reflect about it...