March 5, 2017
The Dutch Reach is a simple driver procedure to ensure safety for cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers
Many car drivers do not check their surroundings while opening the door of their vehicle. Seeing if something is coming from behind before opening the door is crucial, one way to make sure that you always check your surroundings is to adopt and practice the simple technique called “Dutch Reach”.
Now, what exactly is ‘Dutch Reach’, and how does it save lives?
The Dutch Reach is a safety practice which is taught in driving schools in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Reach technique is opening the car door using your 'far hand', allowing your body to pivot to look behind, for example, if you’re sitting on the driver seat and you want to get out, use your left hand to pull the door handle instead of the right. Then open the door slowly, remaining vigilant.
Using this technique will automatically ensure that your head turns towards the door, with your eyes glancing for moving obstacles. This way, you’ll be able to spot if some other vehicle, cycle or pedestrian is approaching from the rear.
Something simple that we can all do!