Most disabled drivers will use a steering wheel attachment to assist in the turning of the wheel using just one hand. Hand controls require at least one hand which means that you’re limited to just one hand in which to turn the steering wheel, which can be difficult even for experienced drivers.
- Find out about the different MPS Monarch turning aids below.
Brief Steering Wheel Attachments Information on MPS Monarch Products
All of these attachments feature the ‘Quick Release’ functionality which is present in many of this manufacturer’s products, allowing for either the entire piece of equipment or part of it be quickly removed in a few seconds for regular usage. MPS Monarch provides a number of standard pieces of assistive gear, as well as more specific designs for less common ailments. I would recommend reading the concise information below and then scrolling up to the specific webpage of the product which looks like it’s most suited to you.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Amputee Spinner
The Amputee Spinner is a simple but useful device for those who have lost a hand or part of their forearm which allows for the steering of the vehicle using the amputee’s hook which connects to a quick-release loop and allows for easier turning of the wheel.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Counter Balance
The Counter Balance is used in conjunction with any steering wheel attachment by being placed on the opposite side to counteract the weight by the other piece of driving equipment. This means that you can drive without having to re-balance extra strength because of any extra weight adding which makes the driving easier, especially for beginners. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a critical piece of equipment – driving is fine without it, just slightly more difficult – but nothing which a little practice and time can’t overcome.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Palm Spinner
Most turning devices are either a knob or a handle, however for those who have a poor grip and want to use their palm to help in turning the steering wheel then I would suggest one option may be the Palm Spinner. This is primarily for those with poor grip, or those who want to be able to relax their wrist a little more.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Quad Fork Spinner
The the Quad Fork Spinner is very similar to the Palm Spinner but it has longer metallic extensions and is aimed less at wrist relaxation and far more towards people who have very poor grips and need to use their palm and wrist more than any other part of their hand/arm in order to turn the wheel.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Single Post
This is a single-pin-grip steering wheel attachment – dubbed the Single Post – is aimed at allowing for a cheap way to easily turn the steering wheel with one hand. It features a simple but effective metallic pin which is aimed up and outwards away from the wheel and padded in foam for comfort.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Spinner Knob
This particular device is the most common steering aid that you’ll find in use among disabled drivers because of its functionality, simplicity and price. Although assistive Spinner Knobs are banned for able-bodied drivers (because they turn the car too sharply with too hands and increase the chance of accidents), this isn’t the case for the handicapped who find them a useful piece of equipment to allow for a safer and more comfortable driving experience.
MPS Monarch Steering Wheel Tri-Pin Spinner
The Tri-Pin Spinner is similar to the Single Post with a few key differences, mainly that it has three pins instead of just one which offers wrist support when turning as well as allowing you to rest your wrist when driving. Personally I’d pick this over a single pin every time because it offers a level of comfort which is especially useful for long journeys.
Other types of MPS Monarch Disabled Driving Equipment
To learn about the different types of MPS Monarch disabled driving equipment for cars and other vehicles then check out their specific page to learn about their hand controls, pedals and accessories. I have all of their different designs and products right here on this website which will let you read about them as well as easily compare them with their competitors.
Steering Wheel Aid the Quick Release Spinner Knob
The most popular aid to help turn the steering wheel is the classic spinner knob which is similar in shape (although smaller in size) to a door knob.
- The MPS Monarch version is a quick release and it’s perfectly legal to use if you have a disability and hence require it.
If you’re using hand controls then having some kind of assisted turning device is a necessity because you’ll usually only have one hand to turn the wheel with.
For regular able bodied drivers they’re banned because they turn the car too sharply and cause accidents. But with careful one handed usage they prevent accidents.
It’s possible to find far cheaper turning knobs on websites such as Amazon because they come without the ‘disabled equipment’ price tag which means you can get them far cheaper and have them delivered to your house.
The ones you can have ordered and delivered are exactly the same as those you buy. They feature a quick release mechanism so you can remove it in just a few seconds without needing any tools and have the same shape and make as the most costly handicapped counterpart.