Dry Steering While Driving Your Car

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Have you ever heard of Dry Steering? If you haven’t, don’t worry. A lot of people don’t know what this is. But it’s good to learn about dry steering while driving your car for several reasons. Especially if you like your car.

Most importantly, it can save you time, money, and hassle. If you don’t care about any of that, then stop reading this right now.

So what is dry steering while driving anyway?

Dry steering is when you are turning the steering wheel with the vehicle completely stationary.

This can strain your power steering system. For example, the rack and pinion, pump, tie rods, bearings.

It can also 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.

In addition, cost and safety issues are a real thing. You could be grinding rocks into your tread, which could then 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 steering wheel.

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When I first started teaching people how to drive I noticed that a lot of people were already dry-steering. Maybe because that’s what they saw their parents do. Or what their parents taught them.

It’s not that the car is going to burst into flames if you dry-steer the steering wheel. It’s just extra wear and tear on your vehicle. And it’s not too difficult to learn how to drive without dry steering.

Once you learn and practice, it will just become second nature. If you are in a situation that you do feel like you need to turn the steering wheel when the car is stopped, it’s not the end of the world.

It’s just good to know in case you are one of those people who likes to save money and hassles in the car repair department.

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Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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