What Is Oversteering vs. Understeering?

You may have heard the terms oversteer and understeer in the past. These two steering problems happen under different circumstances, but both can lead to accidents when drivers lose control of their vehicles.

Oversteering happens most often when driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle that has a powerful engine, such as a sports car or a truck. It's caused by a loss of traction on the rear wheels as you take a turn with too much acceleration. The rear of the car fishtails and causes the front end to turn more than the driver intends.

Understeering is the opposite of oversteering. Front-wheel drive cars can refuse to turn as much as desired because the front wheels lose traction and fail to turn the vehicle. The result is that the car can drive off the road when attempting a turn with too much acceleration.

 

 

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