Oversteering and understeering are practical terms that are used to describe the automobile sensitivity to steering. Oversteering occurs when the car turns more than how the driver has commanded while understeering is turning less below what the driver controls. These two actions arise depending on the steering angle and lateral acceleration.

The Differences

· Both oversteer and understeer occur as a result of the difference in slip angle between the rear and front wheels.

A slip angle is basically an angle difference between the direction of the wheel heading and the direction of the car heading.?
  • In the case of understeer, the driver often has less control of the steering wheel. When oversteering happen, it makes the car to spin backside while driving through a corner.
  • Understeer occurs when the front wheels start to plow straight even if you turn the steering, and oversteer occurs when the back of the car is being fishtailed.
  • Understeer is more common to front car drives while oversteer is common on rear-wheel vehicles.


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