What's the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer?

Understeering and oversteering are common problems when your vehicle is moving too fast or you’re on a bad patch of icy roads. Understeering happens when the traction goes away from your front wheels while you try to corner steer your vehicle. This forces your vehicle to move wide when you want it to follow the curve of the road. You will need to apply corrective steering in order to prevent your vehicle from moving into other lanes of traffic and off the road.

Oversteering is the opposite of understeering, which happens when you over-correct and cause your vehicle to turn too narrowly. This results in your vehicle turning into itself and likely spinning into the curb. If you are traveling too fast, it can cause these issues, but so can slippage from icy roads and bald tires.

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