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Dutch Reach Protects from Accidents on the Road

Mon 11 September 17

Too many cyclists are being injured and even killed by car drivers or passengers opening vehicle doors without looking  to see if it is safe to do so.  If a vehicle door is opened directly in front of a cyclist there is almost not way they can prevent having a collision, which may result in serious injury.  Also if some starts to exit a vehicle after opening the door, and this could well be passengers from a back seat, i.e. our children, they too can be injured/

Cycling UK's Chief Exectuive, Paul Tuohy, said “Some people seem to see car-dooring as a bit of a joke, but it’s not and can have serious consequences.” .  He also said he “wants to see greater awareness made about the dangers of opening your car door negligently, and people to be encouraged to look before they open”.  To read the full article, follow this link:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/11/encourage-dutch-reach-to-stop-cyclists-car-door-deaths-says-charity

Using what has been called the 'Dutch Reach' makes a significant difference to safety;  what this means is that when getting out of a vehicle on the road, you use your hand furtherest away from the door to open it';  this means that you have to turn round and can see what is coming up behind the vehicle, and the door is less likely to swing open wide uncontrollably.   

A really simple change to our everyday habits here could make a huge difference to safety on the roads!

 

 

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