Understeer and Oversteer Explained

Understeering happens when the car turns less than what the driver anticipated. On the other hand, oversteer occurs when the cars turn more than expected. A number of factors cause either scenario, which includes steering angle changes and acceleration. The effects may occur on any type of vehicle.

Understeering happens in front-wheel-drive vehicles secondary to the amount of power the engine sends to the wheels. Stepping on the gas too early when turning or turning when the wheels too fast or too far also cause the problem.

Rear-wheel drive vehicles are more prone to oversteer. The rear of the vehicle controls the power sent to the wheels. If the rear tires lose gripping ability, they receive more power, which overwhelms the front wheels. The effect becomes especially dangerous when roadways are slippery. Learn more about performance and take one of our vehicles for a test drive at Genesis of Amherst.

 

 

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