As the name indicates, the ‘Dutch Reach’ originates from the Netherlands. It is a safety method encouraging vehicle drivers or passengers to open the door using their hand on the opposite side to the door they are opening. For example, using your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side.
The Highway Code – ‘Dutch Reach’ car opening method
As of January 2022, a number of new changes went into effect aiming to improve the safety of more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Statistics show that each year over 700 cyclists are injured by car doors, so the Highway Code recommends the ‘Dutch Reach’ technique when leaving vehicles.