The new Washington Driver Guide (pdf 2.56 mb) came out earlier this month. A section has been added on the “Dutch Reach”
The “Dutch Reach” – popularized in the Netherlands –
Advises drivers and passengers EXITING vehicles to use their far hand to reach across their body and open the vehicle door.
Reaching across causes a person to turn their body and helps them see any nearby bicyclists in the process.
This also prevents drivers from opening vehicle doors too fast and helps prevent a passing driver from tearing off your vehicle door.
Several updates also were made to both the motorist, motorcyclist and bicyclist responsibility and rules sections – to ensure all travelers know the laws pertaining to themselves and others. The guide includes a number of expanded safety tips.
Also includes information on:
- Work Zone Safety
- Washington State Ferries
- Railroad Crossing Safety
Paper copies are available at any state driver licensing office.
Access drivers guide for drivers, bicyclists and wheelchairs: HERE