In my never-ending journey of self-analysis, I was thinking about the way I approach my truck, particularly in a parking lot. I had a couple thoughts that I wanted to share.
First, how do you approach your vehicle? Do you approach in such a way that you have a clear view (as much as possible) so that you have a reasonably high probability that no one is hiding against your vehicle?
Next, and a lot of my thoughts surround the little unlock clicker. When do you unlock your car? When you do, are you in sight of your car? If you are too far away to have a reasonable view that no one is in the vicinity or that no one was able to jump in and hide while you were unable to see?
Next, how many times did you click that clicker? 5? 10? Click as you walk up so that you are sure its unlocked? Most vehicles are set up so one click unlocks the drivers door, two clicks unlocks the whole vehicle.
So…do you really need to unlock the whole vehicle? Or is a better practice to approach your vehicle and unlock just the driver’s door thus providing only a single point of entry and a little extra security.
And I know, sometimes it’s not practical. I get it. I have a wife and two boys and reality has to be taken into account. And sometimes you have your hands full with the three cases of ammo you just bought. But, the point is, are you thinking enough about the actions you are taking?
Are you creating a vulnerability that is unnecessary by hitting the unlock button like a jeopardy buzzer? When you hit it more than once, is it because you need to? When possible, I try to hit the button once as I am coming up to the vehicle so that I can just open the door and step right in.