The tilt wheel is an option on some automobiles that allows the driver to tilt the steering wheel in order to make for a more comfortable driving experience. By adjusting to the driver's sitting position, tilt wheels improve safety by effectively extending the driver's range of motion.
The tilt steering wheel option was introduced to the American market in the early 1960's to allow drivers to customize the angle of the steering wheel. The tilt steering wheel contains a ratchet joint that is connected to the steering wheel. The ratchet allows the user to move the steering wheel in a vertical arc in order to make for a comfortable driving experience. This option was originally offered on luxury vehicles but has since become a standard feature on modern cars.