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What Does it Mean When Your Vehicle Yaws?

Do you know what yaw means? Your vehicle is gonna do it sometimes, so let's talk about what that means and what causes it.

What Does Yaw Mean?

Yaw happens when the weight of your vehicle shifts from its center of gravity to the left or the right. This is a shift you will definitely feel when you’re inside your vehicle.

The times this will happen is when you suddenly steer, brake, or accelerate. This might cause your vehicle to spin around its center of gravity, hence:

spinning out is a type of yaw

Yaw happens during spin outs and fish tails, when you hit black ice or hydroplane. Anything that makes your vehicle spin around its center of gravity is a yaw.

Now that you understand yaw, make sure you check out pitch and roll to understand all the maneuvers your car can make.