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On turning right

By definition, while you’re waiting to turn right, your vehicle is preparing to move across
oncoming traffic. As you sit waiting for a suitable gap to cross, it’s a good idea to think about
your steering and the direction your wheels are pointing. Your front wheels should be pointing
straight ahead until the time comes to actually cross the road. Resist the temptation to turn
the wheels to the right in readiness. Keeping your wheels straight ensures that if you are hit
from behind, perhaps by a vehicle filtering past on your left, the impact is less likely to send
you into any oncoming traffic. Not only is it safer to complete the steering manoeuvre in one
go, you will also avoid ‘dry steering’ which occurs when you twist the tyres round when they
are not rolling. This places wear on the tyres and a strain on your steering linkages.

Wheels ahead when turning right

If you are turning right off a road and have to wait for oncoming traffic, always keep your wheels pointing straight ahead. If you are hit from behind, you won’t be steered into the oncoming traffic.