Oversteering vs Understeering: What's the Difference?

Oversteering and understeering are both automobile terms for the sensitivity of your vehicle to your steering actions. Both understeering and oversteering have everything to do with steering angles and lateral acceleration. However, there are differences between the two and that's what we're here to discuss today.

In simple terms, understeering happens when the vehicle isn't responding to your steering actions and performs less than what it should be. Oversteering means that your vehicle is overly sensitive to your steering and experiences an over-reaction when you make a simple maneuver. Whether a vehicle oversteers or understeers is highly dependent on whether it's a front or rear-wheel-drive vehicle. Oversteering is common in front-wheel-drive while understeering occurs most in rear-wheel-drive. However, just because your vehicle is more prone to one or the other doesn't mean the other couldn't occur.

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