Causes of Understeer: – Heading into a turn too fast and your tires don’t have enough traction to safely complete the turn.
– Slamming the brakes to slow down and your front tires skid because they lose traction.
– Attempting to either steer and brake – or steer and accelerate – in a corner.
How to Correct Understeer: – Again, look for a safe exit.
– Let off the pedal to slow down but don’t hit the brakes.
– Turn the wheel slightly back to straight until your front wheels gain grip.
– Once your tires regain grip, steer smoothly through the turn while coasting, using all grip available for steering. Avoid steering and braking or steering and accelerating while turning, whenever possible.
Example: If you’re turning the wheel to the right and your front tires begin to skid instead of completing the turn, let off the gas and give your tires a chance to grip the road. Once they do, turn your steering wheel gently until your wheels are straight and then finish your turn.