Understeering vs. Oversteering: What You Need to Know

The terms oversteer and understeer both refer to vehicle dynamics. Oversteering occurs when a car turns less sharply than the driver wants it to. Understeering occurs when a car turns more sharply than the driver wants.

Typically, cars will oversteer or understeer depending on whether or not they are in front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Cars tend to oversteer when they are in rear wheel drive. They tend to understeer when they are in rear wheel drive.

Understeering typically occurs when a vehicle does not have enough grip. Oversteering tends to occur when a vehicle has more grip in the front than in the back. To fix understeering, you increase your front wings and apply more suspension. You should also check your tire pressure, as this often plays a factor. To fix oversteering, you should loosen the amount of suspension to lessen the vehicle's grip.

Understanding these two terms will help you become a more effective driver, especially in winter weather. Be sure to check with a mechanic if steering your vehicle is a consistent problem.

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