Survival Quiz #88
(Modern Survival.org) – When Getting Pulled Over, What Should You Reach for First, Once the Vehicle is Shut Off?
- Steering Wheel
Answer: Steering Wheel. Here’s why…
Police officers have a difficult job. They are under constant stress on a daily basis, which is often amplified by the actions of bad officers and sensationalized news. When being pulled over, there are a few things that can ease tensions with the officer and keep drivers safe — especially if they happen to have a concealed carry weapon (CCW).
In the following video, 715 Tactical explains how to interact with an officer and how to notify him or her of a CCW:
As the video shows, when the officer is approaching the vehicle, the driver’s hands should be in visible locations. Placing them on the steering wheel is a good option in this scenario. Keeping your hands visible at all times lets the officer know you aren’t reaching for a weapon.
If you happen to have a CCW, announce it to the officer when he or she arrives at the vehicle. Let the officer know exactly where it is without reaching for it. If the weapon isn’t announced, and the officer happens to see it, the traffic violation could escalate into a bad situation.
Any actions taken should be slow, with a verbal declaration of what it is you’re doing and why you’re doing it. This includes going for your license and registration.
With the proper respect and self-control, the encounter should end quickly, and both the driver and the police officer can go about their day. Remember, they just want to get home to their families, too.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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