How to safely open car doors on busy streets in the Philippines

Oct 28, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
Read our article to know how to open your car doors properly on crowded streets in the Philippines.

Opening a car seems to be a commonplace since forever that many people might have done at least once in their life. However, not everyone is fully aware of how to open car doors properly on crowded streets without threatening the safety of other road users. It is a matter of fact that the number of accidents caused by careless car door opening has not shown any decrease in the recent years.

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A women opening a car door without watching what is behind her

Not everyone is fully aware of how to open car doors properly on crowded streets 

Before opening the car, you must always watch out carefully the surroundings to ensure safety of yourself and those who are around you. In order to keep yourself and the others intact, here are some essential steps drivers should follow:

  • Follow the sign indicators to park your car where it is allowed to. Make sure there is enough room for other vehicles.
  • Put your right hand on the armrest. Meanwhile, reach to the door handle, pull it off for unlocking with the left hand. This movement needs to be performed gently so that driver has an adequate amount of time to observe.

"Dutch – reach” technique means opening the car door with your 'opposite' hand

Opening the door with your left hand truly comes with some advantages:

  • You will have to rotate your body and turn your head to reach the door, which forms a posture that allows you to have a better vision of what is going on behind you;
  • By opening the door with your left hand instead of your right one, the car door will be opened more slowly and to a narrower gap, which is safer for both driver and other road users. This simple “dutch – reach” technique, meaning opening the car door with your 'opposite' hand, could help lessen “dooring” accidents to other drivers or riders.

Car door opened to a cyclist

The number of accidents caused by careless car door opening has not shown any decrease in the recent years

With this basic driving technique, you will stay on the safe side while shifting on the way and also avoid unnecessary road rage with other driver fellows. 

Here are just some of the most basic safe driving tips you need to arm yourself up with. Stay focus and have a good trip, drivers!

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