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When in doubt, drivers steer toWard the shoulder
are doing this intentionally, why?

steer your car to the left, but you’d be slopes down to the right) may direct

—James

driving into oncoming traffic. And some cars to the right in an emergency

I think it’s to avoid bashing into the

Darwinism has already removed most stop, but cars are built to go straight

car in front of them, James. If you’re of the “brake and steer left” genes from when you hit the brakes.

BY RAY MAGLIOZZI
Dear Car Talk:
All my life I’ve noticed that some
people veer abruptly to the right onto
the shoulder when braking suddenly.

driving along and the car in front of the human gene pool.
your stops suddenly, what do you do?

So the shoulder is the obvious place to

OK, what do you do after you’ve run point the car. If you’re lucky enough to
through all your four-letter words?
Well, you slam on your brakes to try

be able to stop in time, no harm done.
And if you’re not able to stop in time,

to stop before you plow into the car in you’ll pass the stopped car on the right

I’m guessing it’s human ingenuity in
action here, James.
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front of you, right? And if there’s any instead of testing your car’s airbag (Hey,
Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com.
doing this consciously for some reason,
question about whether you’ll be able good news, Hon, our airbag works!).

I’ve always wondered if these people are

or if it’s unconscious, or maybe their to stop in time, you steer your car to

I suppose it’s possible that in some © 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman

brakes are pulling to the right. If they the right, onto the shoulder. You could cases, the crown of the road (which Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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