Drivers and passengers could be fined £1,000 for opening their car doors the wrong way.

The Highway Code has been subjected to major changes, many of which have been put in place to protect cyclists.

A new technique referred to in the Highway Code as the "Dutch Reach", advises road users to open the door of their vehicle with the hand on the opposite side of their body.

The technique is advised due to the natural twist their body will make, which makes it easier to check over your shoulder for approaching cyclists, motorcyclists or people approaching on the pavement.

The penalty table says that "failure to have proper control of the vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead" will result in a £1,000 fine.

The inclusion falls under the "waiting and parking" section on the code, under the title rule 239.

The new text will read: "you should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening, e.g. use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side.

"This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder. You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement."

The new rule also mentions that electric vehicle drivers should ensure that charging cables are being considered as a trip hazard for pedestrians. 

The new text will read: "When using an electric vehicle charge point you should park close to the charge point and minimise the danger to pedestrians from tripping over charging cables.

"After using the charge point you should return charging cables and connectors neatly to prevent creating an obstacle for other road users."

The new rules come into effect on Saturday, January 29.

For the full changes to the Highway Code, visit here.