There are two important reasons why you need to know about installations, the first are the possible costs involved which can dramatically affect the total price. If it requires a trained disabled vehicle mechanic than you can potentially end up paying more than the actual device because of their high rates. Secondly having a quick release piece of equipment allows for able bodied driving which is especially useful if you have portable or just semi-permanent hand controls.
There’s a lot of variation across the different car driving equipment for handicapped drivers but generally you’ll find that there are a few important things to look out for.
When it comes to car steering wheel equipment for disabled drivers almost all of the basic steering knobs are quick release. When there are more advanced single pin or tri-pin grips with wrist support you’re very unlikely to have removable devices, and the same can be said about (almost) all the keypads which are also attached to the steering wheel and control secondary car functions.
You’ll find that when it comes to car pedal equipment for handicap drivers it’s very much a different type of quick release. Pedal guards for example all consist of a vertical (or slightly angled) piece of thin metal which is supported by a metal floor plate. Many of these are quick-release, however the floor plate just stays in place and it’s the vertical plate guard which is removable.
All pedal equipment which is removable consists of only partial removable if the action parts – such as an extension, an extra pedal installation or indeed the pedal cover.
Generally secondary car function equipment isn’t removable, but several of the devices are – one example is the GuidoSimplex version which utilizes infrared connectivity.
The most complex installation are almost always the floor pedals because they require floor plates which are bolted to the ground in the vast majority of instances. The simplest professional installations are for the keypads and other steering devices. Most of the most basic models do not require professional installation and can be clipped on and removed off as is necessary.
It might be worth asking yourself the question do I need car driving equipment as a handicapped driver because I definitely think some are very useful just as some are frivolous. This is really dependent on two things; whether you want an easier driving experience or whether your condition actually demands their use.
The most common installations are knobs to allow for quick steering wheel turning with just one hand as well as pedal guards which stop accidental engagement which interferes with the use of hand controls.
When looking into the entire price which is required you need to look into how much the mechanic costs per hour and how long they’re take for installation, as well as any other charges they could potentially hit you with.