MINI of Portland is committed to answering your common questions about vehicle dynamics and performance. The terms oversteer and understeer may seem self-explanatory at first, but when and why do they occur?

Oversteer causes the car to steer over what you intended, while understeer causes it to steer less. Oversteer usually happens with rear-wheel drive vehicles and understeer typically happens with front-wheel drive. However, both types can experience this issue.

Cars with big engines are most likely to have these issues, which is why most modern sports cars are equipped with electronic stability control. This embedded traction control keeps the vehicle from sliding in either of these situations. Oversteer usually causes fishtailing behavior when cornering. Understeer causes the car to continue plowing straight instead of turning when you're taking a corner.

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