One of my favorite Hand Control Manufacturer’s to write about and review is GuidoSimplex because if their unique and innovate products. Find out more below.
To try and review all of these products would be too difficult which is why each manufacturer has their own individual section which lists all their products as well as links to descriptions and reviews of each one. However one thing which is unique about their products is their uniqueness to cater for people that aren’t in the usual situations greeting most people who need hand controls. Most people have no use in their legs whatsoever and suffer from a severe spinal injury, others may suffer from multiple sclerosis – but either way their legs cannot be counted upon to carry out any important duties in driving in the vehicle.
What Guidosimplex Hand Controls do in such an elegant manner is cater to the wide variety of people that don’t have complete loss of control in both of their legs. It’s clearly easier to drive a vehicle with one leg as opposed to none at all, and most companies simply don’t cater to people that only have partial or less serious disabilities. Well the truth is that although these disabilities may not be as serious as people who cannot use their legs at all, the fact that there isn’t equipment to cater for them means that they’re unable to drive in some cases.
For example they have mechanical break only hand controls, whereas most companies either don’t provide this optiona at all, or certainly don’t provide a mechanical linkage option which makes things easier for the driver. They’re not designed in a way which is intrusive to the leg room area of the car which can inhibit exiting and entering the vehicle. They’re also very easy to operate requiring little movement of the handle due to the mechanical nature of the design. Furthermore only the handle at the top of the lever moves which means that you don’t have cumbersome moving parts potentially moving around (and damaging) your legs.
However unlike other companies which perhaps have only one brake design (if any) you’ll find that GuidoSimplex Hand Controls for Cars have a multitude of designs based on both your budget and your needs. For example the stationary break which I just mentioned is designed in a manner where the lever is attached by the side of the seat on the floor. To most people this will be more than fine, but for others who don’t want the potential of it getting in the way then you can find a different but similar break which has the lever attached to the steering wheel. This allows you to steer and brake without having to move and allows both hands to be kept on the steering wheel.
Not only does this allow both hands on the steering wheel to keep driving at its safest possible. But the mechanical components of the GuidoSimplex Driving Controls for the Disabled driver are attached to the roof of the leg rest. They’re made compact in size which makes them less intrusive and increases leg room, and it means that for exiting and entering the vehicle the chances are much smaller that you’ll have to wrestle your legs in and out. Some people may be used to the lever being by the side of the car, or simply prefer it there. Maybe they don’t care or aren’t particularly bothered about having to waste time with intrusive disabled driving controls, but there are plenty of people who will want that ease of exiting/entering as well as safer and easier to use controls.
There are a few other things which make them by far the most innovative manufacturer which I’ve seen. The GuidoSimplex Handicap Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers aren’t just your standard acceleration/braking devices which are essentially handles which control either the acceleration or brake lever. For example they have an acceleration ring which is just genius in terms of assisting disabled drivers. It’s essentially a ring which is attached into the steering wheel and allows acceleration when it’s pushed. This is incredibly useful for those who can use the brake pedal, but for those who can’t it can be used in conjunction with the brake which is attached to the steering wheel. Most importantly this allows you to mix and match what you need and what you want, and not have to purchase a set of controls when you may only need them for acceleration for example.
But don’t think the innovation stops here because there are a multitude of different devices to choose from and the boundaries are near limitless. There are options for even using hydraulically assisted brakes, accelerator buttons and much more – it’s really something you need to spend a lot of time looking into, because there’s a good chance that you could find something which is perfect to your situation and condition.
When it comes to a GuidoSimplex Hand Controls Comparison against their other products there’s a good case for, as well as not purchasing them. If you have a condition which means you have partial use of your leg/legs and want to use them then I’d say they’re definitely a good choice for you. On the other hand if you have complete lack of function in your legs then there’s still a good case for buying them, but you may not want to fork out that kind of money. If you do want to fork out that amount of money you should know you’ll be getting a very good product, but you may ultimately do better checking out Viegel or Menox for superior hand controls. Most importantly if you don’t feel comfortable with some of the disabled driving controls on the market than this opens up the door to finding something which may very well suit you.