Car Terminology: Oversteer and Understeer

Two terms related to a vehicle's steering are oversteer and understeer. In specific, these terms deal with the sensitivity level of the steering. However, there are some important differences between the two that you should understand.

The definition of oversteer is basically what the name suggests. This describes an excessive turning motion when the driver initiates a turn. Essentially, the vehicle moves in a direction more than what the driver originally intended. Oversteer is more likely to occur in front wheel drive vehicles.

Understeer is the direct opposite of oversteer. It means that the vehicle turns less than what the driver desires. In a sense, it is like the car's turning ability is under-performing. Understeer is more likely to happen in rear wheel drive cars. However, it is possible for you to experience understeer in a front wheel drive car as well.

Speak with a representative from Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel to set up a test drive in a new vehicle. Take a drive through town to experience driving without oversteer or understeer.

 

 

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