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Skills 101 – Oversteer and Understeer Explained

Posted May 09, 2013 8:00 AM by dstrohl
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In this day and age of electronic traction and stability control-equipped cars and trucks, terms like "oversteer" and "understeer" are heard more and more infrequently. Drivers who came of age in the era before electro-nannies, however, have very likely experienced both (particularly those living where winter is a fact of life), even if the terms themselves are unfamiliar.

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05/09/2013 12:42 PM

I think you've overemphasised understeer and underemphasised oversteer...but I could be over or under emphasizing the importance of both....

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05/13/2013 8:27 AM

The best explanation I have ever heard was, "Understear is when the front of your car goes into the armco, overstear is when the backend of your car goes into the armco."

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05/20/2013 4:31 PM

I couldn't find his original quote, but former NASCAR Winston Cup champion driver Darrell Waltrip was credited with a redneck version of this. It went something like this, "When you push (understeer) you'll see the wreck happen, but when you're loose (oversteer) you won't."

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