When you just felt the tree and did not see it - then it was oversteer. Probably that sounds cool at first sight, often the end is fatal - hitting a tree with a vehicle is one of the worst accidents. Finally, it is a matter of speed.
Oversteer means, that your vehicle’s rear is sliding to the outside of the turn. The advantage is, that your car still obeys your steering commands. Disadvantages: considerably more space is needed (up to the full length of the automobile transversely to the lane) and it is challenging to handle; your hands on the steering wheel are getting busy and very often your feet on the pedals, too.
From a time with less traffic and greater freedom, The Castiron likes to share a personal experience. A tree is worst case, a wall often less severe. An overland journey, curves, straights, curves, good road conditions. One corner, speed and external circumstances did not fit together; the vehicle oversteered unexpectedly and unintentionally and The Castiron was taken by surprise.
The Castiron felt the wall, the reaction had been a little bit too late. Blessing in disguise: it was a wall and not a tree and after hitting the wall, The Castiron was able to control the car; although it was damaged, it was still driveable – and thank God, all car occupants were uninjured.
The least what you can do in such a situation is to countersteer – instantaneously, as fast as possible, as much as necessary (easier said than done)! Additionally, disengaging the clutch and braking at the correct dosage can have supporting effects.
To avoid such situations or to learn how to deal with them: participating in driver training is very helpful. On one hand it is also a matter of driving pleasure and on the other hand, it can be lifesaving, when you are able to handle difficult situations – all about a great personal benefit.
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron