The “Dutch Reach”, a technique that helps drivers avoid hitting bicyclists with their car doors, has been officially introduced in Illinois, US.
Test questions about the Dutch Reach will be included in Secretary of State driver exams and guidance will be included in the 2018/2019 Rules of the Road.
The Dutch Reach requires drivers in Illinois to open their car door with their right hand. This action naturally requires the driver to look over their left shoulder, towards oncoming traffic. The goal is to teach motorists to check for cyclists prior to opening their vehicle door.