Automobile handling and vehicle handling are descriptions of the way wheeled vehicles perform transverse to their direction of motion, particularly during cornering and swerving. It also includes their directional stability when moving in steady state condition. Handling and braking are the major components of a vehicle’s “active” safety. The maximum lateral acceleration is sometimes discussed separately as “road holding”. (This discussion is directed at road vehicles with at least three wheels, but some of it may apply to other ground vehicles.) Automobiles driven on public roads whose engineering requirements emphasize handling over comfort and passenger space are named sports cars.

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