You know when you come to a turn and your rear wheels skid and you start to spin, or fishtail? Your car is oversteering.
Causes of Oversteer:
– Entering a turn or exit ramp too fast and suddenly decelerating.
– Accelerating too hard from a slow speed in a rear-wheel drive car. This is fixed by simply easing up on the throttle.
– Doing donuts in the middle school parking lot.
How to correct oversteer:
– Look for a safe exit, not at what you may crash into – think tree skiing.
– Take your foot off the brake and steer into your skid – the direction you’d rather be going – until your wheels grip the road.
– As you steer into the skid add a little throttle. This creates a weight transfer to the rear tires and helps them regain grip and control of your car.
Example: If the back end of your car slides right as you turn left, take your foot of the brake and steer right – the same direction your car is sliding while gently accelerating to gain grip with your rear tires. Once you gain traction, you’ll be able to efficiently correct your turn or come to a complete stop.