DRIVERS can open the wrong door of their car and do so, risk a £1,000 fine.
A new addition to the Highway Code for 2022 will describe the safest way drivers should open car doors from the inside.
A method called “Reach of the Netherlands“acclaimed as the best way to open your car door.
The safety technique was first used in the Netherlands around the 1970s.
This method states that you should open the car door with the hand furthest from the door handle.
For example, if you were in the driver’s seat, you would open the car door with your left hand.
Highway codes for 2022 have been updated to reflect this advice.
Rule 239 would state: “If you are able to do so, you should open the door with the hand on the opposite side of the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open the door on the right. .
“This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder.
“When you do, you’re more likely to avoid injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road or to people on the sidewalk.”
If an accident occurs by opening a car door and hitting someone passing by, you can be fined.
Injuring someone by opening your car door can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
However, no points can be added to your driver’s license for an accident.
Plus, a little-known rule about how do you park your car at night could see you fined up to £2,500.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8242851/open-car-door-wrong-hand/ New Highway Code rule change could land motorists a £1,000 fine for opening the door the wrong way