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.
THE DUTCH REACH HABIT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE...& PROTECT OTHERS AS WELL.
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.