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Why turning your wheels at an intersection can be dangerous

Sometimes we’re tempted to turn our wheels while waiting to turn at an intersection and that, as you will see in the video below, is a particularly bad idea. The dual dashcam video shows the driver being hit from behind and, because the vehicle’s wheels are turned, propelled into the opposing lane where a large truck is bearing down at speed. It could have been so much worse – the truck just makes a glancing blow on the car as opposed to a full head-on collision – but it illustrates really clearly why you should always wait at an intersection with your wheels facing forward (or in the direction of your lane).

Darren is an expert on driving and transport, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

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