1998-02-01

Survey of Driver Seating Positions in Relation to the Steering Wheel 980642

The current study estimates about 5 percent of the U.S. female population sits closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel; 35 percent for the smallest 10 percent of the female population. Of the females sitting closer than 10 inches, 66 percent sit within 9-10 inches, and 17 percent sit within 8-9 inches. In a separate study, drivers sitting within 9-10 inches were able to increase this distance to 10 inches or more and still drive comfortably in a number of cars by making a few minor seating adjustments.

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