How the “Dutch Reach” is protecting drivers and cyclists

12 February 2019

Make road safety a priority in 2019 with the “DUTCH REACH”

RoSPA (The Royal Society for the prevention of accidents) is encouraging drivers to use the ‘Dutch Reach’ when exiting their vehicle. The manoeuvre sees drivers using their far hand to open the door of the vehicle, forcing them to look at the road behind – as a way of avoiding a collision with a passing cyclist.

The ‘Dutch Reach’ was originally born in the Netherlands, where it is part of the Dutch driving test. Olympic cycling gold medallist Laura Kenny has teamed up with private hire company Addison Lee, which incorporates the move.

 

Laura Kenny
Photo credit: Addison Lee

 

Laura Kenny said: “With cycling’s increased popularity, being hit by a car door as it opens is a serious threat to the cyclist. That’s why I’m supporting this initiative, a simple manoeuvre that every driver can use to protect themselves and cyclists.

Addison Lee commissioned research to gauge the extent of “car dooring”. In a poll of 2,000 cyclists:

  • 65 percent of those surveyed said they had been involved in a “car dooring” incident or knew someone who had.
  • 54 percent of those involved in an accident were injured; of these, 78 percent were either hospitalised or forced to take time off work.
  • 43 percent of cyclists who had been “car doored” considered giving up cycling.

RoSPA and Laura Kenny’s campaigning for the manoeuvre aims to remind drivers of the need for extra care, especially as the government is pushing for the number of cyclists to double by 2025.

Blue Mountain Group provides Evasive and Defensive Driver training, which includes an introduction to road safety guidelines. For more information email info@bluemountaingroup.co.uk or call 01267 241907.

 

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