Don’t take the easy route, nor the obvious one. While this lesson applies when you are responding to a dangerous situation, you should also consider it as an everyday rule. Take advantage of OODA by being the first to see “them”. Try to never let “them” see “you” first.
While it may seem like common sense, I see many people pull right up to a “trouble spot” and jump out right into a dangerous situation. This can be due to a multitude of factors; poor training, not having a set of heuristics (rules of thumb) already in place for the situation…”I will not pull up right in front of a danger area”, or just plain old stress and adrenaline overriding your thought process.
When you arrive from a concealed location you give yourself the advantage of being able to see what is going on first and plan a course of action accordingly. In this situation the responder has placed his vehicle so that he could use the engine block as cover in the event the bad guy was to come around the corner as he pulled up.