There’s only one type of Drive Master hand control, and it’s a budget hand control which contains the core functions necessary for disabled driving. If you’re looking for something a little better I’d suggest MPS/Monarch or Mobility Products and Design.
If you’re interested in more than a general overview and what you want to see how DM compares against its competitors such as Menox, Viegel, MPD, MPS and GuidoSimplex then I would actually suggest checking the Drive Master Hand Controls Review page. This provides some useful comparisons, gives potential price listings as well as where you can find cheaper products and will give you a clear insight as to whether they’re right for you, or if you should look elsewhere. Drive Master Product Information and Reviews
Drive Master Ultra Lite XL Hand Control
Drive Master’s light weight hand control is of very basic design and this is reflected in its very cheap price. It apparently offers a sleek European design and styling with a high-tech black anodized finish. I believe the correct term for ‘sleek’ in this in this instance would be more arguably ‘thin and flimsy’. However that does not mean it’s likely to break – only that on a comparative level to much stronger and more durable designs it’s more likely to break. It is specifically branded as ‘light weight’ as well as ‘corrosion resistant’.
Of course being light weight is useful for removing and re-attachment; however one can’t help but wonder how much they saved in production due to this ‘feature’. Finally the fact that it’s corrosion resistant is quite meaningless, cutlery is corrosion resistant – in this instance all other products are assumed to be corrosion resistant but in the instance of this Drive Master hand control system it seems they have very little positive to say and so feel the need to point out the obvious.
This product can be installed on most U.S foreign cars and vans, as can practically all portable hand controls. The mechanism is standard whereby you push forwards to brake and pull backwards to accelerate. However there is no mechanical linkage to make the process easier so the effort input is the highest possible of any designs available on the market. It does come with a five year warranty – however this is a limited warranty which does not inspire confidence. Summary of Driver Master ReviewsThe benefits of this item are its cheap price, its lightweight design and it can also be installed in a reverse position meaning it can be used comfortably by left or right hand drivers.
The negative aspects of this product are its cheap and tacky design I believe its lightweight composition is bordering somewhat precariously to dangerous. There is no mechanical linkage to alleviate stress and very few features which are adaptable based on the person’s needs; if any. If you’re simply aghast but their cost and design then I’d suggest looking into Menox Hand Controls or perhaps GuidoSimplex which are more expensive but vastly superior.
This is a good product for those on budgets who though are disabled; still have a good amount of energy and strength. But overall it’s somewhat outdated and outclassed on every single level by most other handicap car equipment manufacturers out there.