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Diagram shows birds eye cut-away view of a driver, such as in the UK, or a front passenger, using the far hand method to reach across one's chest to the car door latch. The motion causes the upper torso to twist, allow head to turn almost directly back over the shoulder and out back to watch for dangerous on-coming traffic before opening car door wide & exiting.

The Dutch far hand reach method naturally causes drivers or passengers to swivel & gain a clear view of on-coming traffic before fully opening & exiting the vehicle.

DUTCH REACH APPROVED BY ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS.

Feb 1, 2017,
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), UK has endorsed the Dutch Reach Method as a recommended best traffic safety practice.  RoSPA published by web its expert finding of safety advantage.  It points out that the far hand reach method provides a continuous view of on-coming traffic whilst preparing to open and exit the motor vehicle.  It protects cyclists and exiting occupants from heedless and at times devastating harm, either by direct collision or due to dangerous swerves by bicyclists or vehicles to avoid flung open doors.

The far hand method has been practiced in the Netherlands for about 50 years with little notice elsewhere.  Such recognition by one of the world's preeminent safety and accident prevention organizations raises this hither-to-fore nameless commonplace -- but official Dutch practice -- to new found respect and prominence.  It confers authority for its adoption well beyond the physical and linguistic borders which stalled its export, leaving it little known or neglected by the English speaking world and, as it now appears given recent globe media attention, by most every other nation as well.

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Road Safety, Dutch Reach

From Prime Minister Trudeau...

MP Joel Lightbound's call for drivers to adopt the Dutch Reach to prevent bicyclist deaths and injuries by carelessly opened car doors, gets support of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, via tweet.

MP Joel Lightbound's call for drivers to adopt the Dutch Reach to prevent bicyclist deaths and injuries by carelessly opened car doors, gets support of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau via tweet.

CANADIAN MPs & PM CALL FOR DUTCH REACH TO PREVENT DOORING

UK TRANSPORT SEC'S DOORING SCANDAL EVOKES; DUTCH REACH

For initial coverage of British Transport Secretary Chris Graylings dooring of a cyclist and leaving the scene without providing identity information nor reporting the crash to police, only to be exposed two months later when a Gro Pro video surfaced of his negligence, see:  "New & New

A Letter to The Guardian Editors, LBC UK talk radios website video, and this opinion piece in the Oxford Mail  by Sara Taylor each explain and call for adoption of the Dutch far hand method as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling could have avoided dooring a cyclist riding legally in the adjacent bike lane.