Key Points About Understeering and Oversteering Differences

One of the most common questions that customers ask us at MINI of Burlington relate to the dynamics and performance of the vehicles they drive. When it comes to the sensitivity of a particular automobile to its steering capability, it's important to understand the differences between oversteering and understeering.

When a vehicle turns, or steers, less than what the driver commands, that's considered understeering and can cause a car to leave the road. The opposite condition is oversteering when the vehicle turns, or steers, more than what the driver has commanded, possibly causing the car to spin. Most rear-wheel drive vehicles have a tendency to understeer, while automobiles with front-wheel drive experience the phenomena of oversteering.

An important feature of most newer model vehicles is an electronic stability control that goes into action whenever a car may begin sliding. Get all your vehicle performance questions answered when you stop in for a test drive.

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