Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I steer when in an emergency?

asked by on

How do I steer when in an emergency?

A: Driving in an emergency can be stressful to...

Driving in an emergency can be stressful to say the least. Here are some vehicle steering tips to keep in mind in the event of an emergency situation:

  • Steering around a problem or crash may be more effective than braking

  • Hold both sides of the steering wheel to stay in control if needing to turn 180 degrees.

  • Your vehicle is equipped with an Antilock Brake System (ABS) that allows you to steer while braking.

If you need to steer your vehicle around a problem, you may allow your right wheels to drop off the edge of the road and onto the shoulder if necessary. If you must do this, keep in mind the following:

  • Ease off the accelerator and steer the vehicle to straddle the edge of the road.

  • Turn the steer wheel one-eighth of a turn to right to allow the front right tire to contact the pavement edge.

  • Once the right wheel touches the edge and there is no longer an obstruction ahead, turn the steering wheel left and proceed to go straight.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I find the emergency key?

If your car is equipped with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) key fob, then you also have an emergency key. The RKE system allows you to unlock your vehicle without inserting a key, but it is electronically powered, which means...

Q: Car is making a squealing noise! Awful!

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2001 Ford Focus. I would suggest you start by adding some belt dressing to the belt, especially since it is new and this is the cheapest and easiest fix for starters. When...

Q: My transmission smells like a burnt cake

Hello, thank you for writing in. It sounds like the engine and transmission have either gotten pretty hot or it is possible that the transmission cooler was leaking into the cooling system. If the coolant and transmission fluid both smelled...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...