What is the Dutch reach?
It is a safer method of opening car doors to avoid causing a crash involving cyclists or pedestrians. It has become quite necessary to adopt the method in the UK because of the rising rate of car dooring (crashes caused when drivers or passengers suddenly open car doors on the road and cyclists crash into the open doors).
How to perform the Dutch reach
The Dutch reach system of opening doors requires the use of your far hand to reach for the door handle. By reaching for the door handle with your far hand, you will need to swivel on the car seat. This movement makes it easier to look into your cars side mirrors or window to see it is safe to open the car door. If there is no pedestrian or cyclist in sight, you can proceed to open the car door slowly. Quickly step out and shut the door.
Why should you practice the Dutch reach method?
In the UK, the authorities have plans to encourage drivers and passengers to adopt this method. It will remarkably lower accident rates, and you will also avoid unnecessary bills. Over time, every citizen will be able to open car doors using the Dutch reach method instinctively.
Some of its features are as follows;
- the method does not require the use of any technology or complicated process
- it is easy to perform
- with a little practice, you will find it easy and convenient
The need for education
With some enlightenment, more people will become aware of the benefits. Knowing this system can save lives and prevent damage to their cars, more people will be willing to start using the Dutch reach method.
It should also be noted that all occupants in the car can use the Dutch reach method when they need to open car doors. The swivel movement when you use your far hand to reach for the door handle makes it easy for you to look out for oncoming pedestrians or cyclists.
The Dutch reach is one of the safe habits we are happy to propagate. You can view some videos online and start practicing the Dutch reach method.