Situational awareness (SA) is the skill by which a player remains aware of where enemy and allied tanks are located. Situational awareness is done by:
- keeping a constant watch on the minimap, once every few seconds
- keeping track of incoming hits using the damage direction indicators on the screen
- using the Lookout Bar frequently to look all around the tank to see if any enemy tanks are visible, and to evaluate whether the tank's current location could expose it to enemy fire.
Players often demonstrate "tunnel vision", where they become focused on a particular enemy tank, without noticing an enemy in a position who can now fire on their tank. SA will prevent you from taking unnecessary damage and preserve your hit points.