behind the wheel


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behind the wheel

1. Driving a vehicle (and thus literally sitting behind the steering wheel). Don't worry, Katie's behind the wheel, and she hasn't been drinking tonight. I'm so excited to finally be behind the wheel of my own car!
2. In charge. With Jim behind the wheel, I'm not sure this team will have the leadership it needs.
See also: behind, wheel

at/behind the ˈwheel (of something)

driving a car: Who was at the wheel when the car crashed?
Wheel in this phrase refers to the steering wheel of a car.
See also: behind, wheel
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Using a mobile phone behind the wheel remains a serious concern to police," he said.
The skills these youngsters show behind the wheel is extraordinary.
Adam Beckett, Propositions Director for Aviva UK says: Its great to see that the vast majority of UK motorists say they arent using their phones while driving, but 20% making calls behind the wheel is still 20% too many, so were urging drivers everywhere to stick to the law and wait until they can park before picking up their phone.
Habits which most annoy men include bad parking, making phone calls while behind the wheel, going too fast, being forceful such as shouting at other road users, or insisting on being the designated driver.
The driver, David Logue, had suffered blackouts behind the wheel before but didn't fully disclose his medical history to employers, who allowed him to keep driving.
The court was told the woman was arrested in July after getting behind the wheel and heading down a busy road in the capital.
Ultimately, the only way to be sure you're not over the limit and putting yourself and others at risk, is not to drink or use drugs at all before getting behind the wheel.
Katie Price In her evidence to the court, Price denied using her phone behind the wheel.
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