No one wants to slip off the road, but you might not know that there are a couple of mistakes that you can make on the road when going around a corner. Both understeer and oversteer can be dangerous, but there are actually very different physics that are going on when you oversteer versus when you understeer.

Oversteering is when you go around a corner and lose control of the car because you turned the wheel too quickly, causing the back wheels to fishtail so that the back of the car is at the front of the momentum.

Understeering is when you don't turn the wheel enough. Typically, this happens when the wheel locks up. When you understeer, you'll continue to go in the direction that you were going before you even turned the wheel. You can lessen the likelihood of having either of these problems by slowing down when the road is icy, snowy, or wet.

 

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