Differences Between Understeer and Oversteer

When you hear the terms "understeer" and "oversteer", it's clear that the situation they describe is less than ideal. These problems can occur when either the front or back tires lose their grip. Fortunately, there are many new vehicles, including some at Lithia Honda in Medford in Medford, OR, that have been built to account for the potential loss of grip. They have safety features that can help drivers stay in control.

Understeer - when a car doesn't turn sharply enough - occurs more often in front-wheel-drive cars. Their front wheels do double-duty, turning engine power into movement and also steering. When you turn your wheels too quickly or accelerate before your turn, your car may want to keep going straight rather than responding to the turn of your steering wheel.

Oversteer - when a car turns too sharply - occurs when the rear end of a car slides out during a turn. Rear-wheel-vehicles are more susceptible to this issue because the rear wheels can end up overpowering the front ones.

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