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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Yet some irresponsible drivers still take the risk and get behind the wheel when they shouldn't.
Jim died after a bus driver suffered a blackout behind the wheel of a double-decker and rammed into a bus stop.
Another group of clowns behind the wheel are the mobile-phone freaks who cannot switch off their handsets while driving.
A driver got behind the wheel and ploughed into four vehicles after bingeing on booze, a court has heard.
In 2014 891 drivers in County Durham were issued with penalty notices after being caught using their phones when behind the wheel.
Despite testing positive twice the police had no power to stop him getting back behind the wheel as blood tests for drugs take days to process.
Linda Degutis, US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said that it is especially risky for young, inexperienced drivers, who are already extremely vulnerable to crashes and distraction when they are behind the wheel.
People often tell us after attending our Drink Impaired Driver's programmes that they would never have got behind the wheel after drinking, if they had known the risks, which suggests more extensive alcohol or drug education would work.
Up to 20% of 18-24 year olds admit to using their phones to email and text while driving and 23% make and receive calls on their mobiles when they're behind the wheel - despite the potentially lethal consequences, new figures released today reveal.
It only takes a couple of seconds of sleep to cause a fatal crash, yet millions of drivers are regularly getting behind the wheel while tired, and most don't know how to deal with sleepiness on a long journey.
Police said Hutton, was given a conditional discharge for getting behind the wheel of the model after drinking too much.
Though Raymond Charles Yellowknee, now 35, has had repeated impulses to get behind the wheel after drinking, seeming not to show regard for endangering other people's lives and obviously does not fear harming himself, he cannot be jailed indefinitely.
I have seen an increase in female aggression behind the wheel and it is not a pleasant thing to witness.
A POLICE officer was caught slumped drunk behind the wheel of his car after celebrating a Scottish football victory.
The biggest culprit is hunger with two thirds of respondents admitting to eating and drinking behind the wheel.