Understanding the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

At Acura of Reno, we feel it is very important for drivers to have an understanding of their vehicles performance capabilities. Because of this, we have provided a quick summary of what oversteer and understeer are and the difference between them.

Oversteer is a problem that occurs when the vehicle turns sharper than intended and may even begin a possible spin. Understeer occurs when the car ends up not turning enough and ends up leaving the road. While both conditions can happen to any vehicle; oversteer generally happens to rear-wheel drive vehicles and understeer occurs to front-wheel drive vehicles. The biggest difference between them is in regards to tire grip. If there is a lack of grip the vehicle will understeer and not respond to the steering wheel; oversteer happens when the front tires have more grip than those of the back tires and causes the car to spin.

If you are in the area, come on down to Acura of Reno today and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the differences between them. Our staff is also happy to get you set up with test drives of any of the vehicles on our lot while you're here.

 

 

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