Rear wheel drive
The vehicle is pushed along by the driven rear wheels. As an initial situation, this is fundamentally less stable than with front- or all-wheel drive. If the driven wheels spin, the rear-wheel drive vehicle tends to oversteer and its tail may then slide sideways.
To guard against this situation arising, which the driver may find fairly difficult to control, the corrective action of traction aid systems and electronic stability programmes takes effect quite early. The vehicle can be kept moving safely, but traction is reduced by the need to apply the brakes at individual wheels, so that driving the vehicle becomes less pleasant.