Oversteer vs. Understeer

Many drivers are unaware of several of the terms that apply to vehicle performance and what they mean. We at Hallmark Ford think that all drivers should have an understanding of these things to help keep themselves and others safe while on the road.

Many drivers have heard of oversteer and understeer but many can't explain the difference between them, so we have created a brief summary of these terms. Both conditions can occur to any vehicle but oversteer is far more likely on a rear-wheel drive vehicle, while, understeer is more likely to occur to front-wheel drive vehicles.

Oversteer occurs when the vehicle's rear begins to slide or fishtail out, causing it to turn sharper than intended. Understeer, on the other hand, is when the front of the vehicle ignores the steering wheel and continues forward, not turning as intended and continuing off the road.

We hope this has expanded your understanding of these terms and their meanings. Our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may still have about them. Come on down to Hallmark Ford today, we will get you set up with a test drive and partner you with one of our knowledgeable staff members.



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