Oversteer vs. Understeer

The way a vehicle responds depends on the action of the steering wheel combined with the amount of acceleration while making the turn. It is also necessary to consider whether the vehicle has front- or rear-wheel drive.

Understeering commonly occurs in front-wheel-drive vehicles. A driver may turn the wheels to quickly or too far and the vehicle cannot send enough power to the wheels to respond. Thus, the car, truck or SUV cannot effectively make the turn.

Oversteering is more common in rear-wheel drive vehicles. The rear of the vehicle overpowers the front end and forces the vehicle further into a turn than the driver anticipated, which creates a fish-tailing effect. Under normal road conditions, the act is not hazardous and is easily corrected. However, should the pathway be slippery, the driver must have the skill needed to correct the mistake. Take one of our vehicles here at Valley Volkswagen in Staunton, VA for a road test and feel how it handles.

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