steer clear

to steer clear of someone / something (to avoid someone or something) — держаться подальше; не иметь дела с кем-л./чем-л.; всячески избегать

Example 1: I'd steer clear of Joe if I were you — he's in a terrible mood. (CDAmI) — Я бы на твоем месте от Джо подальше держался — у него отвратительное настроение.

Example 2: They invited me to comment on the proposals, but I think I would rather steer clear. (CDAmI) — ... но я бы предпочла уклониться от этого; не иметь с этим никакого дела

Usage notes:
lf you steer clear of a topic, you avoid talking about it. You can also steer clear of an area or a person.
Usually the person or thing you steer clear of (avoid) is dangerous or likely to cause trouble

see also
[give a wide berth]
[not touch sth with a ten-foot pole ]
[avoid like the plague]