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  • Natural forces affect how you are able to steer your car, as well. Inertia keeps a car moving in a straight path unless some other force, such as friction (known as traction) between the tire and the road helps the driver change direction. When you steer around curve, you need enough traction to overcome inertia. If you don’t have enough traction, such as in wet conditions, your car will continue to move in a straight line—perhaps straight off the road.

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