Explaining the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

Oversteer and understeer are both terms related to a vehicle's driving dynamics; they primarily refer to the vehicle's level of sensitivity to its steering system. If you're wondering about the differences between oversteer and understeer, it's important to know the actions to which these terms refer.

Understeer and Oversteer: What Are They?

In the simplest terms, understeer happens when a vehicle turns less than the Saint Cloud driver requires. Oversteer is exactly the opposite; it happens when the vehicle exceeds the driver's turning requirement. Both actions depend on shifts in lateral acceleration and steering angle.

Comparing the Two

A vehicle's propensity to over- or understeer depends mainly on whether it's rear- or front-wheel drive. Oversteering happens mostly with rear-wheel drive cars and trucks, while understeering occurs primarily with front-wheel drive vehicles. However, both vehicle types may experience either phenomenon under the right circumstances.

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