What is the standard turning radius for a vehicle?


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The turning radius of a vehicle is the diameter of the narrowest circle it is capable of maneuvering and is dependent on many design factors, including wheelbase length, axle width, and the steering mechanism design. Midsized cars, depending on brand, normally have a turning radius of 34 to 38 feet.

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When talking about a specific vehicle, a smaller turning radius translates into a more maneuverable vehicle. The amount of maneuverability desired is determined by the expected use and the qualities that use demands; small city cars, such as Smart cars, can have turning radii as small as 23.9 feet, while large trucks used for hauling cargo can have a turning radius over 50 feet.

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