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I’ve now had my Bolt for 2 weeks, and mainly I love it. And the seat itself is comfortable for me - that’s not an issue, as I know it is for some. However, I assumed I’d be able to find a combination of seat/steering wheel/extra pillow positions so I could see the Driver Information Center display adequately. (I always have before - in rental cars, for example.) I sit tall and have short legs, which means the upper steering wheel blocks the upper display. Unfortunately, that’s where current speed is displayed, the most important figure. If it were in the center, I’d be fine. Reading the speed from over the top of the steering wheel doesn’t work because the dash overhang blocks it. Darn.

Does anyone know if it’s possible somehow (doubtful, I know) to modify the DIC to move the speed display down, to the center? Or have any other suggestions for workarounds? Right now my choice is having the seat angle uncomfortably far back, or constantly having to bob my head down. I guess I could get used to that . . . I'm rapidly moving toward the senior years too, so maybe I'll shrink a bit. :) Thanks.
 

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Have you tried adjusting the tilt of the steering wheel?
 

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Does anyone know if it’s possible somehow (doubtful, I know) to modify the DIC to move the speed display down, to the center?
I checked the DIC display options menu, accessed from the arrows on the right side of the steering wheel. Unfortunately, they all put the speed in the same place.

My wife almost never uses CC. I drive almost exclusively in CC, because I hate having to look down at the dash to see how fast I am going. The CC works so well on the Bolt, I am completely spoiled. If I need to accelerate to get around a slower vehicle I press the accelerator. After getting around I release it, and the CC is still activated. If I need to slow down, I put my foot on the throttle, and tap the regen paddle. To accelerate again. I tap the CC engage button and the car accelerates at a good clip without overrunning the set speed....sweet!.
 

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Right now my choice is having the seat angle uncomfortably far back
Welecome to the forum. I sit tall also, but got so used to having the seat back leaned back from other cars so I wouldn't be hitting my head. With the Bolt, I look through the steering wheel to see the speed.
 

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Thanks for these helpful suggestions. I have tried moving the steering wheel around, yes. Maybe I'll try a few more times and get lucky... this is what I thought would happen once I bought the car. And XJ12, I know what you mean about hitting one's head. That's definitely not an issue with the Bolt! Maybe my back and neck can get used to leaning back more. I've also had to do that in other vehicles. GJetson (ace contributor!), thanks for checking out all the display options. Maybe someone should suggest to Chevy that they make this an option in a future software update. I doubt I'm the only one who has this problem.

Interesting suggestion to use cruise control more where feasible. I was wondering - info on different threads seems mixed about whether it's as efficient as just driving in L (all I've been doing). But if the other coping methods prove to be relatively unsatisfactory, great idea. Maybe even setting an alert for going too fast, although now that I've learned about the color coding for speed limit of the big circle around the speed, that will help too. And I can see the bottom portion without difficulty. I could not find a note about that in the manual, but maybe I missed it. After two weeks, I'm still on a learning curve.
 

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get used to leaning back more.
Also, I have the trim with the rear view mirror display. I had to adjust it to prevent glare, but if I sat up any taller, the glare would render it useless. Too bad they provided all this headroom and didn't think thru all the possibilities.
 

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Maybe someone should suggest to Chevy that they make this an option in a future software update.
I think you are confusing GM with Tesla. There are no software updates based on suggestions from owners. Software updates suggested by owners, I can think of three so far, come with the new model year. One was the addition of more than two selectable SOC levels. Another was splitting Heat/AC buttons on the center screen. The last was replacing the abrupt steps in charge rate with a gradual taper. None of these are available over-the-air. The only one that is available at all to owners of earlier Bolts, is the charge taper fix, and that must be done by the dealer with a laptop plugged into the OBD II port, and then only if you officially complain about slow charging in cold weather.:(
 

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I was wondering - info on different threads seems mixed about whether it's as efficient as just driving in L (all I've been doing).
The most efficient way to get from point A to point B is at a constant speed. The lower that speed the more efficient it is. Speeding up, and slowing down around the speed you want to average is less efficient. Some people believe you can drive slightly slower than the speed you want to average, and then coast down hills faster to again raise the average for "free." But if you miss the exact point slowing after the hill, that matches the average you are shooting for, you will either apply unnecessary power too soon, or too late and have to add more power to get back up to your average speed. Regen does not recover 100% of your energy, but it beats a less than perfect pulse and glide technique. If you find it challenging trying to do a perfect job of pulse and glide, go for it. But I find it stressful, and boring. If I want better efficiency, I drop the CC speed one mph, and go back to thinking about other things.
 
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