Oversteering vs Understeering

In most conditions, your car will respond appropriately to each turn of the wheel you make. In poor conditions, your actions with the steering wheel might not translate to the motions your car takes.

Oversteering describes when your vehicle turns more sharply than you want it to. The rotation could be so great that you end up completely spinning out. This is more likely to happen when you're in a rear-wheel vehicle that has more power on the tail end of things. Understeering describes when you can't turn the car as much as you want to. This phenomenon occurs when your front wheels lose grip, and this typically happens more often in front-wheel vehicles.

Fortunately, many of the new vehicles that we offer at McSweeney Automotive in Talladega, AL have built-in safety mechanisms that can compensate for oversteering and understeering. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control are all features that work to eliminate these issues.

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