With GulfRun 5 coming up, I’m sure many of you are honing your driving skills and getting ready to claim the title against the clock… and against the other drivers (of course).

As we all know, the most successful drivers are the ones who are able to master the driving line in as smooth a manner as possible. Of course, when taking a turn or bend at high speeds, it’s always possible that the tail of your car will give out. What could this be? Oversteer.

Tires, like everything else, do have their limits. There is only so much traction they can provide. Does this mean that once your car develops oversteer or a tail happy sensation, you can’t secure an optimal lap time? No. If mastered, oversteer can play an integral role in your track driving, instilling confidence as you push the limits of your car on every turn.

Some things you’re doing which may cause oversteer:

  • Heavy on the accelerator pedal through a corner
  • Suddenly lifting off the accelerator pedal on a corner
  • Heavy braking during a corner

To control oversteer:

  • Always keep the steering pointed in the direction you want the car to go in; also known as countersteering
  • Avoid too little and too much steering input otherwise you will spin the car
  • Manage your throttle input wisely

At the end of the day guys, it’s really all about practice, practice and even more practice. But please, keep it on the track.

Stay tuned! Pun intended.


This post was written by guest blogger, El Wehbi, from the automotive blog Brake Banzeen! To read more of his work, visit http://brakebanzeen.wordpress.com.