We got asked by Robin to explain what understeer and oversteer is.
Hi guys, thought I would drop you a line to ask about the terms “oversteer” and “understeer”.
What exactly do they mean? Can you explain this in simple terms please?
Thanks Robin, we are really glad to get your email today and thanks for such an interesting question.
Simple explanation for oversteer and understeer:
- To oversteer means your vehicles rear wheels slip sideways while turning a corner.
- Understeer is when your car wants to continue going straight ahead despite your front wheels being turned for a corner.
Both are potentially dangerous characteristics, true. However for most modern cars, especially thanks to the inclusion of traction control and stability control technologies, neither oversteer nor understeer are likely to be too evident in anything but extreme driving situations.
In saying that, should either of these conditions feel familiar, especially understeer under braking on wet and slippery roads, this could be a sign that something is wrong, Naturally, the best idea is to get your car looked at by an expert as soon as possible.
We hope that helps Robin and that the explanation makes sense.