Similar to the MPS Push/Rock hand control this device applies the brake pedal when the upright handle is pushed forward, and when it is rocked backward then acceleration occurs. The differences arise within the positioning of the lever which is used to carry out this task. The MPS handle is usually to the left hand side (or occasionally the right hand side for left hand drivers) and is a horizontal handle which is set close to the steering wheel.
The MPD Push/Rock control is actually not a handle but a knob which is positioned closer and at a different angle. The MPS version is a longer horizontal handle and the MPD version is a knob connected to a bar which starts out on a horizontal level but then quickly bends vertically upward with the knob also facing upwards.
Just remember that if you have low energy levels or find it difficult driving for long periods of time this may not be for you because it does not have mechanical linkage to reduce the input of effort from the driver. Clear benefits of this simpler system are how quickly it is to install, remove, its price and its simple intuitive design.
What’s more is that it also has a removable handle which allows for able bodied use when the disabled driver isn’t using the vehicle. This is particularly useful for families on lower budgets who may find it difficult to purchase an entire other vehicle for use by the handicapped family member who may not drive as regularly as other members of the household.
Although removing it isn’t actually required for regular usage because the pedals are still accessible it does allow for a safer driving experience. It’s also worth pointing out that by ‘remove’ I mean by anyone and not a trained mechanic as is the case in other manufacturers.
MPD 3300KT-3300FT Hand Control Push-Rock Soft Grip Knob with Traditional Handle
This is a popular, albeit simple Mobility Products and Design handle which simply gets the job done at the lowest possible cost, this and the Veigel handle outlined below are both quickly removable.
MPD 3300KV-3300FV Hand Control Push-Rock Removable Foam Grip with Veigel Handle
The exciting thing with regards to the Viegel handle above is that it’s able to leverage the small amount of mechanical linkage going from the handle to the links of the upper hand control links allowing for an application of force which requires half the amount of strength. Essentially with the technical talk put aside this allows for usage requiring around half the amount of effort because of the leveraged Viegel design.
Other Hand Controls Manufactured by MPD
If you’re interested in other similar hand controls by Mobility Products and Design then perhaps one of their most popular and standard models the MPD 3500 might be worth looking into.
If you’re looking for a push pull mechanism than the MPD 3400 might be a better fit for you, or if you want something a little more advanced then the MPD 3700 is suitable for drivers who want an easier driving experience.
You can find out everything with regards to the MPD disabled hand controls here.