There are lots of reasons to buy a specific attachment and many different attachments so this page is going to give a brief overview… however if you’re looking for specific information on all the manufacturer’s products and design types you can see my page on handicapped steering wheels – just be warned it’s quite long read and it would be best to read this first.
Steering Wheel Aids for use with Hand Controls
The vast majority of drivers with a disability are paraplegics or only have partial use of their legs. This means they need to utilize hand controls to operate the gas and brake pedals which leave only one hand to control the car via the driver’s wheel.
There are two popular attachments which have been designed to ensure that you can turn the wheel with only one hand.
The first one I’ll show you is manufactured by Mobility Products and Design (MPD) and it’s an steering wheel spinner knob which is similar to the old racing spinner knobs which are outlawed in most of the United States.
Remember that if you’re disabled it’s not illegal to use one because it allows you to rapidly turn the steering wheel using just one hand.
There’s similar spinner balls by GuidoSimplex which are also designed for rapid turning, and in fact you’ll find that every single manufacturer designs this type of device because it’s so universally useful – generally they all look incredibly similar in design so I’d probably go for the cheapest if I had to choose.
Although spinner knobs are the most popular I’d say that single hand grips are the next most popular and again all the main manufacturers have these (you can find out about each of the manufacturer’s products at the top).
It’s also possible to purchase many of these devices off of Amazon where they’re substantially cheaper.
More Unusual Disabilities are catered for too
These would include amputees who have two fingered hook extensions being able to turn the wheel successfully with one-two hands.
These generally consist of an amputee hook on the wheel which allows for the driver to be able to attach his extension fingers and turn the wheel.
There is also the most common problem of people with weak grips or with low hand strength, and in this scenario using your palm to turn the wheel is generally seen as the best option.
This is because you don’t need to use your fingers to clasp a knob/single hand grip because you’re using your palm to do most of the pushing which uses the strength in your arm and not your wrist.
There are lots of different devices on display and if you need something as specialized as the two things I’ve just mentioned it’s worth visiting a local disabled car dealership to see what they have in stock.
I’ll also point out that on this website we have information listed about all devices related to disabled driving so it’s worth giving this website a peruse to find out what’s best for you.
Just remember that buying these devices online are substantially cheaper than getting them at a disabled car shop, so the best thing to do is go down to the shop and try it out and see if it’s for you – and then shop around to see if you can get it cheaper.
The chances are high that you will be able to get it cheaper which means that you can save a lot of money, and most of the steering wheel devices are ‘quick-release’ meaning you can install and remove them in just a few moments.
- The reason that they’re designed in this way is so it doesn’t damage the car and it allows for able bodied driving within just a few minutes.
What do I think is best?
I think the best thing to do is go for a spinner knob or perhaps a tri-pin turner. A tri-pin turner consists of two padded pins enclose your wrist giving it support and allowing you to keep your hand rested, and the third pin is what you grip with your hand to turn the wheel.
Both MPS Monarch and MPD manufacturer this type of device so it’s certainly worth looking into, if you want to find out more about all aspects of non able-bodied driving then feel free to utilize this assistive mobility website.