The Difference in Understeer and Oversteer

Our dealership service team wants to answer some of your most common questions about vehicle performance as well as some terminology. Today we're discussing the difference between oversteer and understeer.

Understeer means that the vehicle is turning less than what the driver is commanding it to while oversteer means that the vehicle is turning more. If the car is understeering it will not turn enough and could leave the road, and if it's oversteering, it will make a sharper turn and could spin out.

Part of the issue is a change in lateral acceleration and the steering angle. Whether it's front or rear-wheel-drive, a vehicle with a powerful engine is capable of both. Because of this, some newer models have an electric stability control that takes over during a slide. Come see us or contact us here at State College Used Cars today to schedule a test drive with us.



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