You will sometimes here the phrase understeer and oversteer. If you’re a motorsport fan you probably hear it a lot.
Understeer and oversteer aren’t problems that should effect you very often, as long as you are sticking to the speed limits and driving sensibly. Every once in a while though you may find yourself in a tricky situation involving under or oversteer and it can help to know the reasons for your car handling this way and how you can correct the problem. If you are ever driving a car on a race track – perhaps on one of our driving experience days, this is essential reading for you.
I am going to give you a simple explanation of understeer and oversteer that is easy to undestand. After each explanation I’ll also give you some tips for how to correct them if you find yourself in a pickle. At the end of this post I will also give you some useful links if you want to get more technical and detailed info on them.
However, if you want a really simplified explanation of understeer and oversteer check out this Top Gear video.