Dry Steering: Don’t Do It!

(Last Updated On: November 6, 2014)

Have you ever heard of Dry Steering? This means you are turning the steering wheel with the vehicle completely stationary. This can strain your power steering system (rack and pinion, pump, tie rods, bearings) and prematurely wear your tires. Being nice to your tires is highly recommended, since they’re the only things keeping you in contact with the pavement; not to mention cost and safety issues (you could be grinding rocks into your tread which could go flying at high speeds).

Avoiding dry steering is fairly easy with some practice. Simply make sure the vehicle is moving – if even at an incredibly slow speed – while you’re turning the wheel.

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Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!
  • Gord McCaw

    I have to agree. Many instructors out there are telling students dry steering is perfectly alright. What those instructors are telling me is that they don’t know much about how cars work.
    I tell my students how and why it is hard on the car, also how it leads to major inaccuracy in steering while parking because power steering makes it so easy to oversteer. I point out to them that if they steer rapidly while the car is moving ve-e-e-ery slowly they will see the result of their steering action and know when to either stop or start moving the wheel in the other direction for a quicker and more efficient park…