How To Drive Faster:
Oversteer – What Is It?
Oversteer is when the rear tires have less traction than the front tires do, and the car turns more than you’d like – it’s loose, and has the effect of having the rear slide out and make the car rotate or almost spin out. Yes, taken to an extreme, the car will spin around.
If you’ve ever played around in a snow-covered parking lot, especially in a rear-wheel-drive car, you’ve likely experienced oversteer. But that was mostly “power oversteer,” where you kicked the rear-end of the car sideways by trouncing on the gas pedal, breaking traction at the rear tires, causing them to have less grip than the fronts. This power oversteer is different, but similar to regular oversteer that is mostly caused by how you’re driving, and the overall setup of your car.
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