When it comes to disabled driving you’ll find that automobility handicapped hand controls are key to putting disabled drivers back behind the steering wheel both safely and in style. Find out more below!
There are lots of different companies, manufacturer’s and design types so it’s very easy to get lost in the muddle. Not only is there a surprisingly wide array of items to choose from but what’s more surprising is they can be hold to get hard of and information regarding them is surprisingly hard to come by – which is why I’ve decided to write this post.
There are a few main companies which produce hand controls to cater for almost everyone and a others which are more specialized. If you’re looking for information regarding complete loss of motor skills from the waist down then you’re in luck because you’ll find that the majority of manufacturers are catering to this group of people. If you can use one leg or one leg and still retain some strength in your second leg you admittedly have fewer options but don’t be scared into thinking there’s nothing out there for you because I assure you there’s plenty.
When it ultimately comes down to it there are hand controls which are designed for people to both brake and accelerate. These can either be manually operated or you can purchase specific designs which have mechanical linkage. This added components distributes the effort required more evenly making the effort you need to exert less overall. This is sort of like power steering as opposed to driving manually although I wouldn’t say the difference is so large.
Both of these mechanical or non-mechanical designs tend to feature either a push/pull or push/rock method of use. To brake the vehicle you push it and to accelerate you pull back, or for the second one you push to brake and pull downwards at a 90 degree angle to accelerate. I personally find that the second is a little counterintuitive but you need to go with what you thing will work best for you. The linkage I’ve talked about would make the force required to push/pull/rock less which makes driving a more enjoyable leisure activity and less of a minor workout.
There are also disabled hand controls which cater solely to either acceleration or braking and these are for people who still have at least one leg with sufficient strength. In most cases people still want to be able to use that leg to help drive the vehicle because two arms and a leg are clearly better than just two arms.
It’s generally GuidoSimplex who produce the more innovative designs which cater to a great amount of people when it comes to automobility hand controls. They have an acceleration wheel which is attached over the top of your steering wheel and when pressed down accelerates and when you release the pressure ceases the acceleration.
They also have various brake only controls which cater to different budgets and the requirements of different people. One of their more costly brake only designs uses hydraulic components to operate which is a big step up from mechanical components. They can be placed onto the steering wheel (perfect for using that acceleration wheel) or by the side of the chair but what GuidoSimplex offers is a far greater level of flexibility when it comes to adaptation as well as variation amongst their products.