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If you find yourself sitting in cars now and then, this might be interesting to you and help you prevent accidents.
So if you open a cars door from the inside, you open the door with the hand that's not next to the door. This means that you turn around you body which automatically turns your vision in the direction where other cars or bikes might come from.

I was taught this early on I believe, anyways this is the way I have always done it.

#dutchReach #bike

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If you pay attention to using your other hand, you can also pay attention to simply TAKE A LOOK AT THE MIRROR AND BLIND SPOT. If you don't care about possible incoming bikes, you won't care to use whatever technique someone told you could save lives.

As with many other things on the road the main part is giving a fuck about other road users.

the strength of this technique is that you do it without thinking about it.

I check my mirrors before opening my driver side door when I'm parking in the front lane of my house where there's no possibility of incoming traffic, do you think I do it on purpose or do I do it because I've forced myself to check my mirror so many times it's become second nature?

Except for the extraordinary twist in the spine. I prefer the 'check the mirrors' option. Also the original document needs to be available for RH drive cars.

If you set up your mirrors right, you don't have a blind spot. Dutch Reach is still a good idea, though, if only because it really helps getting on your feet quickly from something lower than a truck.


The strength of this technique is that it works for any seat of the car. Children could do it as well.

on many cars side mirror curvature is different between left and right (depending what side of the road you drive on) to try and eliminate blind spots, but over here its common for drivers to leave a view of the kerb in the mirror on the opposite side to make parking easier (so you don't park too wide, nor scrape your wheels against the kerb)

Dutch reach definitely makes sense for passengers as they are equally/more likely to open a door w/o looking >>

OR you could look in the mirror that's mounted to the door for exactly this purpose! It's actually dead center in the view field on your "don't" picture.

as soneone who has been doored before, and pretty seriously, I second this.