What is Oversteer?

Oversteer is an old issue in cars with rear-wheel drive. While vehicles with front-wheel drive tend to understeer, cars with rear-wheel drive tend to oversteer. This issue springs from the source of propulsion. With the rear wheels pushing a car, the natural forces involved create inertia that runs from rear to front daring your motion to change. The action tends to stay in motion.

When driving through town, your vehicle is moving slow and turns do not seem to be much of a problem. However, it is the slower speed that is hiding the issue. At high speeds, for instance, on the highway, the force of propulsion pushes the rear end of your vehicle faster through a turn, causing the back to slide sideways.

Experienced drivers know how to adjust during a turn for the oversteer issue. However, they are not always successful. At Honda of Serramonte, we compensate for the problem by adjusting your suspension.

 

 

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