Using a Router, Best Practices
Expert Advice for Using a Router
Popular Mechanics says that the biggest mistake woodworkers make in using a router is advancing the router in the wrong direction. Always move the router against the rotation of the bit. That allows the bit to cut into the work, giving you full control over the tool. If you advance the router in the same direction as the bit's rotation, the router will run along the edge of the work piece and you'll have to fight to keep control.
When looking straight down at the top of a router before using a router, the bit rotates in a clockwise direction. That means the user should move the router from left to right, when the router is positioned in the middle between you and the work piece.
Highland Woodworking has another way of putting it: Routers always go left. To make the work easier, when using a router employ a router fence. If you put a fence to the router's left, control is effortless and precision is virtually guaranteed as the router's urge to go left holds it against the fence.