Understeer vs. Oversteer

You’ve probably heard the terms understeer and oversteer before in conversations about vehicles and properly driving them, but what exactly do they mean? These terms refer specifically to the operation of any vehicle and how the vehicle’s operator handles the vehicle. They’re usage is confined solely to this area and are an exact reference to the steering system of any vehicle as it follows a line around a corner or during any turning manoeuvre.

An easy way to think of this is to picture a road with a bend in it. When driving the car should follow a line within its lane and around the turn, this line is the line the driver commands the car to go in, however, with understeer in and oversteer, the car does not follow the command and so the line the car moves along is either too far out or too far in.


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