You can find out about all the different hand controls which are manufactured by Mobility Products and Design (MPD). Many of the model numbers feature several different versions of the same product with slightly different modifications.
- Find out about the different models by MPD below:
Brief Hand Controls Information on MPD Products
Mobility Products and Design offers 6 different hand control models which are numbered to allow you to tell the differences between them. Most of the different models has a number of different versions of the base model, usually these are handle adjustments with very little alterations to the actual mechanisms itself.
You can find out a little information written on this page below or utilize the links to read the full product descriptions and evaluations.
MPD 3300 Push Rock Hand Control
The 3300 model is a standard albeit basic MPD design for a few reasons. The reason for this is its lack of customization with regards to the handle which may or may not make a big difference to you depending on how comfortable you want your driving experience to be.
On the other hand it’s very similar to most of the other hand controls which are manufactured by this brand, such as allowing able bodied driving due to the non-intrusive hand controls which do not affect either steering or the pedals from regular usage.
To accelerate you simply rock backwards and to brake you push downwards downwards the floor, the ‘rock’ backwards is into the driver and can be considered a pulling motion.
- You can find out more about the MPD 3300 here
MPD 3400 Push Pull Hand Control
The 3400 is very similar to the 3300 however it does come with a few advantages. The first is with regards to its customization options which allow for multiple handles which cater for personal preferences.
- The second potential advantage is the push pull motion required which may or may not be useful depending on the person.
Finally it the handles can be fitted with a horn and dimmer switches which are quite useful from a safety perspective and which aren’t possible with the model 3300.
- If you want to find out more about the MPD 3400 then you can do so here.
MPD 3500 Hand Control
In terms of the customization options on offer you won’t find many other products with the options on offer here. To start with all of the handles are mounted on a bent brake rod which allows for a closer proximity to the steering wheel and hence offers easier interaction between the hand control handle and the wheel.
In some cases it’s possible to grasp both the wheel and the handle at the same time in order to maximize safety and drive more comfortable.
You’ll also notice the various different handles for the MPD 3500 and if you want to find out more about them I’d suggest checking out the specific page about this model variation.
MPD 3501 Brake Only Hand Control
This brake only hand control is designed for those who can still use one leg to accelerate (either their right leg is still functioning or they’ve opted for a left foot gas pedal) and so want to utilize this one leg for an easier driving experience.
In this instance the metallic rods leading down to the acceleration pedal are simply not there, leaving only the brake rods in place. It is possible for these extra rods to be installed at a later date if you suffer from an ailment whereby paraplegia (or quadriplegia) is inevitable.
- You can find out more about the MPD 3501 here.
MPD 3502 Advanced Hand Control
The model 3502 has been named ‘advanced’ hand control because of its handle mechanisms, aside from this it’s very similar to the base 3500 model in terms of everything else.
Instead of having a straight handle or a spherical knob which requires grip strength this (as you can see below) utilizes both the palm and the grasp of the fingers as well as providing a comfortable rest surface.
This is perfect for those who have a weak grip of objects because they can utilize the strength in their arm and push down or pull back via their palm.
It also provides a rest point for their hand because they can simply let relax their hand against the padded foam surface instead of using arm strength to constantly keep it in the air.
- Find out more about the advanced MPD 3502 here.
MPD 3700 Advanced Push Pull Hand Control
Put of all the different hand controls which are manufactured by Mobility Products and Design I have no problem saying that this is their easiest to operate.
The advanced push pull equipment allows for the disabled person the ability to rest their hand and arm instead of keeping it held in the air. It also provides wrist and palm support meaning that you can rest your wrist, and even engage the acceleration/brakes using your palm if your grip isn’t strong enough.
This is the perfect solution for people facing muscle/strength loss as well as those who simply want a safer and more relaxing driving experience.
- Find out more about the MPD 3700 advanced model here.
Mobility Products and Design – Leading Disabled Driving Manufacturer
If you’re interested in finding out more about the different types of equipment on offer by this manufacturer then check out the mobility products and design main page for further information on their steering controls, foot controls and extensions – or you can use this page to learn more about their hand controls.