postheadericon How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

Understeer occurs when your vehicle loses traction and maneuvers a curve with a wider turn than you expected or planned. The loss of traction on the front wheels causes this to occur. Usually, the understeer result is a wider turn, however it also can cause your car to skid. Understeer is caused by accelerating into a corner, applying too much brake into the corner, entering into a corner too quickly or experiencing low traction conditions. Use these steps to correct understeer during cornering.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

1 Decrease your speed. As you enter a corner, take your foot off the accelerator to decrease your speed. Lightly apply the brake, if necessary, to slow the vehicle more.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

2 Let off the brake as you start into a corner or curve. Applying too much brake as you begin to steer into the corner can affect the steering arc.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

3 Downshift your vehicle when you enter a curve. Downshifting helps to decrease speed and lessens the amount of torque dispelled from your engine.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

4 Engage the clutch when cornering. Clutch engagement stops any forward motion from your engine and can cause you to decelerate.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

5 Pay attention to road conditions on the curve and adjust your driving accordingly. Slow down and steer away from oil spots in the road. Oil makes the road slick, which decreases the amount of traction on your tires. Slow down as much as possible if you cannot miss the oil. Travel slowly on roads that are slick from rain or ice. All vehicles are apt to lose traction on slick roads, especially on curves. Steer carefully and react to how your vehicle responds to the road conditions. Slow down more if your vehicle does not feel as though it’s got traction on the slick road. Take heed when cornering on a road that is rough or bumpy. Slow down; bumps in the road can cause your tires to jump and lose traction. Avoid gravel on the roadway. Steer around loose gravel, if possible. Your vehicle’s braking system does not function as well on graveled surfaces (or surfaces with some loose gravel) as it does on smooth ones. Decrease your speed if you cannot avoid the gravel on the road.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

6 Increase your steering while maneuvering a corner. Turn the steering wheel toward the destination you are traveling if your current setting is causing understeering.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

7 Steer into a skid. Understeering can sometimes cause your vehicle to start to skid or slide. Slow down, and slightly turn your steering wheel in the direction your back tires are moving. As your vehicle straightens, turn the wheel back in the direction you wish to go.

How to Correct Understeer During Cornering

8 Never sharply use brakes during cornering. Braking in the middle of a corner can cause additional loss of front wheel traction, and make understeer worse.

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