“Understeer” and “oversteer” and terms we hear and use a lot in the automotive community, and sometimes actually encounter behind the wheel. If you’re not completely sure what these words really mean and you’re too embarrassed to ask or admit you don’t understand physics, don’t worry. Just watch this.
If you ever wanted a graphic demonstration of wicked, terminal understeer—here you go. This is a Volvo V60 Cross Country that my coworker Mike Ballaban was driving last week out in the snow.
You’ve probably heard a lot about ‘understeer’ — when you turn the wheel and the car just plows forward. Here’s what it looks like.