The Basics of Handling: Oversteer and Understeer

It's important that a car's handling be reliable. Without decent handling, the safety of the driver, passenger, and surrounding people and things is at risk. Oversteer and understeer are two common problems encountered by drivers.

A vehicle with oversteer turns more than the driver wants it to. That is to say, when the driver turns the wheel, the steering is over-responsive. The car goes further than the driver instructed and expected it to. Oversteer is more commonly a problem in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Understeer is the opposite problem. With understeer, the car is less responsive than the driver intended. The driver must turn the wheel farther than expected to get the vehicle to move. Understeer is more typically seen in cars with front-wheel drive, especially when accelerating around a corner.

If your car is experiencing handling issues, come see us today. The experts at Autosaver MAX in Burlington, VT are always here to help.

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