Using hand controls for cars allows the disabled driver the ability to pilot the car with either no or minimal input from their legs. There are lots of different options you must be aware of, such as the:
- Manufacturer ( for example, MPS/MPD/Menox).
- Disability requirement (for example, paraplegic, use of one leg, muscle loss).
- Hand control technology (for example, non-mechanized, mechanical, electronic, hydraulic).
- Installation types (permanent, semi-permanent, portable)
- Personal preferences (for example, left foot gas accelerator or acceleration wheel).
- Customization options (colors, patterns, handle shapes and materials).
As you can see the list of options is rather extensive, visit our hand controls page if you want to quickly get to grips with everything mentioned above in the most concise manner possible.
If you want to learn everything about hand controls, we suggest you use the page we have linked above because this only provides general information.
You’ll find that many disabled people are not even aware of the existence of this type of driving technology. But just remember that it’s absolutely important because not being able to drive is just one thing on a long list of things which many handicapped people are no longer able to do.
The world is becoming more and more handicapped friendly, and the purpose of this website is to help people get to grips with primarily vehicle hand controls – but also the handicap driving equipment which assists in driving.
Handicapped driving equipment incorporates a lot of different products, but generally you’ll find that the main ones are steering wheel knobs (or other attachments), disabled pedals (for example extensions, pedal guards or assisted pedals) and several other different products (and sometimes services).
You’ll find that even though there’s a wide array of different car hand controls you’re still limited as to what you can actually purchase depending almost primarily on your geographical location.
Just remember that you need to be able to find out what your local disabled car dealership actually stocks and is also compatible with your vehicle.
It tends to be the case that there are limitations on what someone can actually purchase and have installed simply because it’s not actually stocked. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get what you want, only that you’re going to have to travel further afield to have it installed.
Also, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it means that you’ll be able to find dealerships which are potentially cheaper. The price is affected by several factors; the first and most obvious is the price of the model itself, but just as importantly are the hours taken for installation and the price per hour at which the mechanic charges.
Being willing to travel further afield will increase your prospects of finding a better deal as well as as automobile hand controls which better cater to your specific handicap requirements.
Getting to the bottom of using hand controls for vehicles is another problem which people tend to have problems with – mainly due to the lack of actual information.
I’ll discuss it properly elsewhere on this website, but the first thing you need to remember is that you certainly do not need to opt into some sort of disabled driving lessons course. It’s purely optional, and I’ve known lots of people that simply took it slow and learnt as they went. Obviously it’s a good idea to drive at times of the day when the roads are quiet, but ultimately you do not need special instructions as long as you understand the principles behind how your specific hand controls work.
It’s very important that you don’t rush learning to drive once more as a disabled person, but it’s almost as important not to hinder yourself. As I’ve said, I’ve talked to plenty of people who literally had their hand controls installed – practiced for a few days and then set out on a long 3-4 hour journey.
If you haven’t driven in a long time then it’s best to take it easy, furthermore when it comes to getting a new driver’s license just remember that there’s no discrimination between disabled and non-disabled drivers. You’re allowed to take the test with your hand controls and assuming you pass then you’re a certified disabled driver and that’s the end of the issue.
If you want to find out everything regarding this type of disabled mobility aid, see our page on hand controls for everything you need to know.