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Definition of Lateral acceleration

Lateral acceleration Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
The acceleration created when a vehicle corners that tends to push a vehicle sideways. Because of centrifugal force , the vehicle is pushed outward. For this reason, you need to accelerate a little as you reach the apex of the curve to pull you through the curve. An inexperienced driver may panic in a curve as the lateral acceleration pushes his vehicle into the left lane. He might hit the brakes to slow the motion only to find that the problem actually increases. The proper way to take a sharp corner is to slow down before the curve, then accelerate at the apex of it to bring the vehicle around. To increase your frustration, try following an inexperience driver as he drives on mountain roads. He maintains his speed to the corner and brakes at the apex . Also see acceleration .