To start with they’re capable of much more, both in terms of optional capabilities such as having second car function buttons, as well as in terms of effort required for usage. When you have a permanent installation taking place the customization options are also much more flexible to allow for much greater comfort when driving. I’ll concisely explain examples of these different points below, and hopefully show you why in most cases they’re going to be the ideal option for most people.
In terms of reducing the amount of effort and strain on the arms and wrist you’ll find that permanent Auto Hand Controls are really the only option to take. They allow for mechanical linkage, electronic and even hydraulic systems which vastly reduce the amount of effort required. Imagine using an electronic accelerator and being able to make your vehicle move by just holding down a button.
What’s more is they allow a much greater degree of control in the form of secondary car function buttons on the lever. Examples of more basic ones are those which allow the brake lock to be activated by simply pressing a button.
On the other hand you’ll find that some aspects of the vehicle such as activating the turn signals, car warning button, headlights, windscreen wipers… around 15 functions in total, can be integrated into many of the more advanced handicapped hand controls.
You also need to look at the little things which will definitely affect your decision on purchasing them too, such as being able to change the angle of placement and the positioning. Most models allow a decent amount of flexibility which allows you to pick angle of placement, different handles/knobs, heights and so forth. A little issue such as having your hand at an uncomfortable angle can set be incredibly annoying, especially if you do a lot of driving or you’re going to be using them for years at a time.
It may be worth checking out our page on finding the cheapest installation price for auto hand controls if you want to get to grips with lowering the installation price as much as possible. Just remember that this can cost several hundred dollars so at around 40-50% of the total cost it’s certainly worth reducing if you can.
If you’re just getting started with driving then our guide to handicapped driving with auto hand controls may also be well worth checking out if you want to get to grips with getting started. It can be scary to begin with, especially because of the lack of information, but this page will tell you everything you need to know.