This page allows you to easily navigate and find out what Hand Controls are, their variation in price as well as the costs of car tax/disabled driver insurance and most importantly an on-going list of some of the oldest and most reputable Hand Control Manufacturers there are. However bear in mind this page only provides general knowledge surrounding the topic.
The Best Portable Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers
Freedom Staff Hand Controls - Our most popular and highly recommended product. The Freedom Staff handicap driving kit combines portability, functionality and price in the most efficient manner. They’re one of the cheapest and yet most highly recommended portable hand controls. I’ve never read any negative reviews of the Freedom Staff handicap driving hand controls and quite to the contrary the feedback has been immense.
TNT Hand Controls - In the past TNT’s portable hand controls were probably one of the most popular however they’ve somewhat failed to keep up with the times (go take a look at their website). They’re similar to their competitors however they’re more expensive and ordering TNT driving controls can be difficult. You need to go through their ‘website’ whereas for most other portable hand controls brands you can simply buy them of Amazon and get them delivered to your door.
PHC 3 Portable Hand Controls – The PHC iii Kit – the PHC 3 portable driving kit is one of the older portable hand control sets and you can tell this by the manufacturer’s website (WheelAbility). They stock, ship and sell their portable hand controls kit within the United States for free and can ship it abroad too. The PHC iii portable hand control is a little more expensive and offers no tangible benefit but is nevertheless popular for many.
AZ-1 Hand Controls - There are a few things about the AZ-1 portable hand controls set which makes it special. Firstly the AZ-1 is constructed from plane-grade super lightweight aluminium meanings it’s both light and durable. It’s highly adjustable (more so than its competitors) and be nearly completely folded away. Finally it features a composite heat-proof grip which neither absorbs heat from the driver’s hand or when the car gets too hot.
Portable hand controls - If you don’t know much about handicap driving kits then you’ll be glad you read this page. Utilizing portable driving controls has many benefits including home delivery, self-installation and removal, reliable and very affordable. I generally recommend them for most disabled drivers because they simply get the job done. Portable hand controls are a no frills way for driving.
Handicap hand controls - Specifically permanent hand controls which cannot be self-removed or installed. These offers a useful alternative to portable versions and have their own advantages and drawbacks. To start with they’re more expensive and you need to find a disabled car shop to install them. On the other hand they allow for greater integration with your car which allows for very advanced hand controls which utilize hydraulically or electronically powered handicap hand controls.
Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers Explained.
If you’re unsure as to what exactly this piece of equipment is, I’ll give a brief explanation. Most people with serious physical difficulties who must use wheelchairs or have impaired motor functions from the waist down cannot drive cars because the floor pedals must be operated by their feet.
Disabled Hand Controls are either permanent or temporary pieces of equipment which upon installation allow the foot pedals to be pushed by the hand controls which themselves are usually located close to the steering wheel. Their location close to the steering wheel allows either rapid interaction or for both the steering wheel and the pedals to be operated in unison.
There are lots of different types of handicapped driving equipment you can purchase and the first thing you have to ask yourself is whether they’re economically viable. Many families who have a disabled member find it tough to cope with rising costs of living as well as having someone who is unable to work due to their condition.
You have to remember that basic designs may not be suitable for your condition and much more expensive brands such as Menox may be required for safe driving. This is combined with health care costs ranging from that of specialist equipment to health workers who can assist when are necessary. Remember that a decent portion of costs aren’t just related to the Auto Hand Controls themselves but rather the peripheral costs which arise when undertaking a project such as this.
Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers Cost
The controls themselves vary in price from around 300-2200 dollars and vary based on their design, manufacturer, composition, portability, weight and inclusion of extra buttons/controls for secondary car functions. However it’s necessary to involve other costs which are involved too, to get an accurate total figure.
Firstly there may or may not be vehicle tax if you’re using or purchasing a new vehicle. This won’t apply to you if you have portable hand controls which you are planning to only attach and use when required onto a pre-existing car which is already taxed (or in some cases non-taxable). Vehicle tax varies country to country as well as state/region to state/region. For example in the United Kingdom you may very well be exempt from vehicle tax due to your disability living allowance, but in other countries it is unlikely that there will be such a generous welfare system that will grant you such allowances.
You also need to factor in the cost of insuring a disabled driver which as you would expect is generally more expensive than drivers in the same situation who are not disabled. Insurance will vary based on your age, past accidents and so forth like other drivers; but where it differs is based on your condition, driving experience while disabled, and other factors where your ailment may increase your chances of an accident.
What’s important to understand is that there are very simple hand controls such as Drive Master which can cost around 250 dollars which are non-mechanical, bulky, aesthetically displeasing and with basic operating features. Of course on the other end of the spectrum are hand controls ten times the price which are based on mechanical or even hydraulic components, lightweight and compact, blend into your car with the correct colors and materials and which include a variety of features allowing secondary and tertiary functions relating to your vehicle to be conducted with ease.
Notable Handicap Hand Control Companies and Manufacturers
Purchasing the correct equipment is not a matter to be taken lightly and there’s significant variation within the industry based on differences relating to the person as well as their vehicle.
As you will see below there are a lot of different types which don’t just serve a practical purpose but keep comfort in mind too. Driving as a disabled person is considered more difficult and being able to drive for hours without numbness or serious discomfort is an issue for some drivers. The last thing you want to do is rush into making a purchase decision only to receive the product and soon find out there were far superior alternatives which more appropriately fitted your situation.
The respective companies I’ve listed below are considered the frontrunners in terms of both industry experience and future advancements. What’s more is that the majority don’t just have corporate infrastructures which are US-based, but industrial production facilities that are US-based too. So the product you’re getting isn’t some cheaply constructed counterfeit/replica but rather a genuine, well-made product produced in the country of design and primarily for US citizens.
Please use the navigation menu below to find out what’s best for you.
Giving an accurate conclusion and telling people which is ‘best’ would be inaccurate for me because what’s best for one person clearly isn’t going to be best for another. A person’s budget, their specific disability, their energy levels and the comfort level they want to achieve all play a significant part in choosing the right hand control for the right person.
If you have a lot of money to spend then I would suggest a Viegel or various Guidosimplex hand controls for disabled drivers. These are great for people who want all the added features, comfort and extra safety but at a premium cost.
If you have a lower budget than there are many Monarch/MPS or Mobility Products Design (MPD) hand controls to suit what you’re looking for. If you want the ease of use of some of the more expensive pieces of equipment but can’t afford them than there are lower cost mechanical linkage designs.
I think the most important thing is to realize there are a massive variety of different Handicap Hand Controls for Cars out there on the market to suit every budget and everyone’s needs. The main problem I hear about is in actually finding what’s the perfect product, how to get it installed and find out the appropriate information.
One of the reasons I created this website was because I felt there was a significant disconnect between the websites of manufacturers which are hard to navigate and poorly constructed with little detailed product information. When you’re spending a lot of money on a potentially life changing product there should be easy access to all the information you need to know, and as I find out about more products I’ll research them, review them and add them to this page so you and other people can successfully find what it is you’re looking for instead of wasting hours searching through Google.
- One page which asks the question can paraplegics drive may be of further interest to you.