Oversteer, Understeer, and the Basics of Handling

Oversteer isn't exactly an everyday problem on America's streets. But in challenging winter weather conditions, it can become a real issue. Oversteer occurs when a car is too responsive to the driver's steering. Typically seen in rainy, icy, or snowy conditions, it is most often a problem for rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Understeer is the opposite problem. With understeering vehicles, the driver has to steer in an exaggerated way. This issue is often seen in day-to-day road conditions. It can be related to problems with the suspension. However, on the road, understeer is often caused by driver error. When drivers accelerate too early in a turn, understeering can make it seem like it's about to leave the road.

To repair these issues, a qualified tech needs to look at a car's suspension. Come and see us at Lithia Kia of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK if you are experiencing handling issues. We're always happy to help a driver out.

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