If you typically approach on the driver's side during traffic stops, consider approaching on the passenger side instead. You might be surprised, and even saved, by what you see. Occupants in a car that's been pulled over will likely look to their left expecting you to approach the driver directly. Your unanticipated approach from the opposite side will likely catch them by surprise and buy you a few golden moments to survey the interior without being noticed. In some cases, officers have spotted desperate drivers secreting weapons while watching their door mirror to time their approach.