Dutch Reach comes to Illinois

by John Hennelly

A new law on the books in Illinois encourages drivers, when exiting their vehicle, to open their door with their right hand. Weird, right?

Actually, not weird. It is the approach the Dutch use, and is meant to get motorists to check for cyclists (and other road users) before opening their door into traffic. By using the right hand (or left for a passenger), the driver is forced to turn their body towards the door, making it easier to look to their rear.

Getting hit by a door is a common fear for many cyclists, and “doorings” can cause serious injury.

The Dutch method of opening car doors will now be taught in driver’s ed courses, and be part of drivers’ exams.

So start working on that sitting right hand pivot. It could save a life.

Find out more here.