- Find out about the different models by MPD below:
Brief Steering Controls Information on MPD Products
You can go directly to a specific steering wheel attachment’s page above or read brief descriptions below before making your decision on what you want to take a look at. This short section will provide an oversight of the different Mobility Product and Design’s products on offer.
I consider the use of these (or similar products by a different manufacturer) near mandatory because they allow for a significantl safer and more comfortable driving experience at minimal cost and effort.
Most of these controls are removable in just a few seconds so they won’t inhibit able bodied use, but they will allow for one handed steering as well as offering assistance to more serious conditions.
Their devices are very similar to the MPS Monarch steering aids but there’s ultimately variation among several of the products with others being identical.
The counter balance, single and tri-pin grips, amputee hook and spinner knob are all identical or near identical to their rival manufacturer.
On the other hand they have their V-grip attachment as well as palm grip which are unique and useful for people with hand/wrist issues which need extra support.
MPD Steering Control Counter Balance
This counter balance is designed to be attached to the steering wheel and used in conjunction with MPD’s Tri-Pin Grip attachment by being placed to an opposite side of the wheel as the tri-pin grip and hence offset the mass (weight) which is imposed by the grip.
Most people will not find this particularly useful, and it’s only those with weak muscle strength in their grip (fingers and palm) or arm which will find this the most useful.
MPD Steering Control Hook Grip
The hook grip is designed to allow amputee drivers who have a two-fingered prosthetic limb the ability to turn the steering wheel with aforementioned limb.
For most paraplegic or otherwise disabled drivers this device will be completely irrelevant, but for that unfortunate small minority who have a prosthetic limb this completely opens up the door to driving – whether by itself or in conjunction with other aids.
MPD Steering Control Palm Grip
The palm grip is designed for use by drivers with a poor grip caused by a degenerative disease such as arthritis to allow them to turn the wheel and steer the car using just one hand.
By utilizing the metal wrap and palm it’s possible to drive without requiring the use of your fingers at all, and this may be an ideal solution for suffers of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Most paraplegics probably will not find this useful and would prefer a single or tri-pin grip as outlined below.
MPD Steering Control Single Pin
This particular MPD model is a simple and cheap, but ultimately very effective standard steering wheel aid to help the average driver turn the wheel using just one hand.
It consists of a single pin which is enclosed by foam and designed to used in a manner which is incredibly self-explanatory and outlined in the image below.
Although I think this is a decent choice I would personally choose the tri-pin grip which you can find below which is a similar but upgraded version of this model.
MPD Steering Control Spinner Knob
Another incredibly common steering device is the spinner knob which is one of the most popular steering aids to allow for comfortable and safe one handed turning of the wheel.
- It’s a quick release device meaning that it can be instantly removed to allow the vehicle usage by able bodied drivers.
Ultimately I think that just like the single pin grip I would prefer the tri-pin grip because it’s far superior in terms of wrist/hand support for both resting and turning.
MPD Steering Control Tri-Pin Grip
The tri-pin grip is a simple but incredibly effective steering device which is an upgraded version of the single pin aid which has two major advantages over its simpler cousin.
The first is that during free periods of lax or zero engagement with the wheel the two support pints allow the wrist to relax without the need for constant arm support. This is particularly useful for those who have degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
The second is that during engagement you can utilize the support pins and leverage them against your wrist to assist you in turning which means both engagement and non-engagement is assisted by this equipment.
MPD Steering Control V-Grip
The v-grip is the ideal solution for those who prefer to grasp onto the pin but require support for their backhand as opposed to their wrist.
The encasement to support the backhand is static but the single pin can be moved back and forth to allow adjustment to the correct distance for your hand.
I think that most drivers will find the tri pin grip the best, but undoubtedly there are going to be those who either simply prefer the V-grip or have a condition which favors its usage.
Mobility Products and Design
Otherwise known as MPD, Mobility Products and Design is one of the leading manufacturers of driving equipment in the United States and you can find out more about their disabled driving equipment here.