Opening your car door like Dutch people do could save lives | SBS Life

t’s called the ‘Dutch reach’, and it involves opening the car door by reaching across the body with the hand that is further away from the handle – the opposite to the hand you’d usually open the door with. This simple change forces you to look over your shoulder as you open the door, making you more aware of any approaching cyclists. Diagram illustrating the Dutch reach Diagram illustrating the Dutch reach. (Photo courtesy of City of Cambridge, MA) It originated 50 years ago in the Netherlands, according to In the Netherlands it is not called the Dutch reach, but it is taught to children in school, and learner drivers must use the Dutch reach when taking their licence exam

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