Can you steer a runaway car with the engine turned off?
March 13, 2006 5:43 AM Subscribe
Runaway cars: After reading this recent story
about a BMW that got stuck in gear with the accelerator jammed down, I don't understand why he didn't just turn the ignition off. Is it true that he'd have been left unable to steer?
posted by chrismear to Travel & Transportation (46 answers total)
It's not mentioned in that article, but I heard elsewhere that he didn't turn the engine off because the car had power steering, and he'd have been unable to steer the car.
I always thought that power steering was just a bit of assistance. The steering wheel is still physically connected to the wheels, isn't it? What am I missing here?