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"FROM THE LAB"- Understeer | Driver Safety Tips | 202.769.4555

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Published on May 28, 2012

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Hi everyone, I'm Miriam Schottland, president of Drivelab. One of the problems in driving a car is that it is applied physics and a little knowledge of the laws of motion will go a long way in making good drivers. I am going to talk about driving in a way that you have never heard before. This talk is from Drivelab's "From The Lab" series.

My favorite question when I lecture is what do you do in a skid. Everyone says the same thing, either "steer into it", or "steer in the direction of the skid." Well what if the car won't steer? You are in a Front End Skid, "Understeer" in professional lingo OR even PUSH. And this is what Understeer, a Front End Skid looks like, you go into the turn, and you turn that steer wheel , and the car won't turn and insist on going straight, You are in a Front End Skid, an Understeer situation. The front tires must be in contact with the road in order to steer a car, and if you have to steer more and more into that turn, you're in a Front End Skid, that's the best way of recognizing that you've lost traction in the front of a car.

In the following video series, I'm going to talk about the various reasons of a car going into a Front End Skid and what to do about it.

The first reason for Understeer is

#1. Just going too DAMN fast!

Has anyone ever tried to get into a parking space in a mall at 50mph? It cannot be done.......5 mph is more like it. The faster you go the bigger the space the car needs, and conversely, the tighter the space, the slower you have to go. THINK AHEAD, PLAN AHEAD, and SLOW DOWN SOONER! I will continue with more reasons for an Understeer situation in our next "from the lab" series. See you alive next time!

For more information on Drivelab's event, please visit our website at http://www.drive-lab.com/

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