Here’s Why You Should NEVER Open Car Doors With Your Left Hand

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The Dutch are bringing a new aspect of car safety to the world’s attention by explaining that you should always use your right hand to open your driver’s side door.

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Thanks to biking’s popularity, the Dutch also lay claim to some of the world’s best bike lanes and bike laws.

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One of their most well-known rules is known as the “Dutch reach,” due to how famous it’s become.

It feels most instinctual to open the driver’s side door with your left hand when you exit your vehicle, but Dutch citizens use the counterintuitive right hand to prevent multiple problems.

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But cosmetic damage aside, the biggest threat car doors pose is to bicyclists.  

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It’s been estimated that dooring accounts for roughly one-fifth of all bicycle accidents. Generally, this happens when a cyclist is speeding along in a bike lane, and someone in a parked car opens their car door unexpectedly.

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So what’s the deal with the left hand, you may ask?

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But if you use your right hand to open the door, you make yourself turn your whole upper body to face the rear.

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Not a bad idea, right?

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This means that not only will you avoid clotheslining a cyclist, you’ll also be able to avoid run-ins with pedestrians or scrapes with other cars.

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No, the Dutch reach. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Instead of pegging a few oncoming cyclists, you can turn around and avoid any insurance payments! The Dutch reach has blown up and gone completely worldwide.

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And it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s such a simple thing that can have huge benefits for cyclists and drivers alike.

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The Dutch reach could be commonplace in 15 years, who knows?

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A cyclist speeding by at 20 mph, when literally out of nowhere a car door comes flying open. There’s no time to react for the cyclist.

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Especially if you live in a bigger city with a lot of traffic and pedestrian traffic.

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So practice your Dutch reach!

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