Dutch Reach Practice Tips & Door Latch Reminders

Far hand to latch with reminder ribbon, with Dutch Reach icon.

Memory aide to help swap out old habit for new! Reach across with your far hand to latch to initiate Dutch Reach anti- dooring method.

A note is taped next to car door latch with arrow pointing to latch & word "Look" printed on it. Note is to remind driver or passenger to use the safer far hand Dutch Reach method to exit vehicle to avoid dooring a cyclist who might otherwise crash into or hit the door were it suddenly opened.

Tape a note by car door latch as a reminder to use far hand Dutch Reach method to swivel & LOOK back over shoulder to safely exit vehicle and avoid dooring a cyclist or getting injured oneself.

'Dutch Reach Saves Lives" small square format sticker by unknown activist graphic artist found on Face Book site: @DutchReachSavesLives

Practice! Practice! Practice!  

Breaking that old and dangerous near hand push habit and swapping in the Dutch Reach won't be easy.   To change over, do it over and over, and use reminders.  It will take at least 30 days say police academy experts.  Try to use it every day, every time you drive.

Do Practice Sessions:   Practice far hand opening in a safe place - in a driveway or parking lot safely away from travel lanes and traffic.  And prompt your kids and passengers to use it too - and to bug one another to use it~!

A tactile or visual cue can remind you to do it!

Attach a ribbon, note or a Dutch Reach sticker on or near the door latch or on the dash board.  

Safety experts strongly recommend making best safety practices into strong habits. Repeated practice gets the safe sequence of moves into 'muscle memory'.  

Once baked in, you'll do it automatically -- even when tired, distracted or impatient - as we often are after hunting for parking space, late for an appointment,  or in an emotional, impulsive or stressed out state of mind.


It can also spare you a crash, door damage, loss of license, penalty insurance rates, job loss, criminal prosecution, fines and civil liability lawsuits, sleepless nights and a mountain of sorrow and guilt.

Set of reminder stickers for Dutch Reach far hand anti dooring method to safely open car door & avoid dooring crashes with cyclists, bikes, bicyclists, or harm to self or damage to door.

Dutch Reach stickers in French & English for Canadian MP Joël Lightbound's nation-wide bike & driver safety campaign to end car door crashes, driver injury on exiting, and fatal doorings of cycylists. Attach sticker to dashboard or near door latch. Sticker reminds drivers to use the Dutch Reach far hand sequence. Daily repetition will swap out the risky near hand, & replace it with the obviously safer far hand habit - the Dutch Reach.

Ribbon tied to car door latch to remind driver or passenger to use Dutch Reach far hand habit to open car door and avoid injury of cyclist, getting oneself or door damage hit by traffic.

Tie ribbon to door latch as cue to use far hand Dutch Reach way to open safely and avoid door crashes and injury.