• Adrian Fedyk

**** U is for Understeer ****



All vehicles vary in how they behave when turning at various road speeds.


Some respond less than you expect in relation to the amount of turn you give the wheel (understeer). Some respond more (oversteer).


You must get to know the characteristics of your vehicle, before you drive in traffic, and drive extra carefully until you are familiar with its behaviour.


Turning


When turning the steering wheel, avoid crossing your hands. Expect at low speeds, this can reduce your control and can cause an accident. Feed the rim of the steering wheel through your hands. Vary your hand movements according to the amount of lock you want.


This is called the pull-push technique.


To turn left:

  • Slide your left hand up the wheel, but not beyond 12 o'clock

  • Pull the wheel downwards with your left hand. At the same time, slide your right hand down the wheel against the direction that the wheel is turning

  • Grip and push up with your right hand while you slide your left hand up the wheel

  • Repeat the second and third steps as necessary.

To turn right:

  • Slide your right hand up the wheel, but not beyond 12 o'clock

  • Pull the wheel downwards with your right hand. At the same time, slide your left hand down the wheel against the direction that the wheel is turning

  • Grip and push up with your left hand while you slide your right hand up the wheel

  • Repeat the second and third steps as necessary.


To straighten up after the turn


Feed the wheel back through your hands in the opposite direction. Try not to allow the wheel to spin back uncontrolled


On the open road, hold the wheel at ten-to-two or quarter-to-three, and turn the wheel as necessary to maintain a steady course.


Looking well ahead will help you to avoid straightening up too late.

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