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Handling is a term used to describe vehicle behavior when using the steering system to change direction. A vehicle that handles well is easy to control, especially at high speeds. These characteristics can be altered by a variety of changes in the vehicle, some of which change multiple characteristics.

Handling can be affected by fundamental factors in a vehicle, such as the design/rigidity/flex points in the chassis (or unibody), or adjustable components that affect alignment or the way weight transfers between wheels, and especially by tire width, tread design, and rubber compound.