For those people who already know a little bit about handicap hand controls already I’ll briefly go over one of the main features which makes this particular model special. As I mentioned above the control rods between the handle of the hand control and the pedal attachments are stationary. The control rods are the connecting component between the handle where you engage your hand and the pedals.
The one significant advantage of having stationary control rods for the push and right angle hand control are that it allows for extra legroom when entering and exiting the car. They’re positioned as high up as possible (modifications to the dashboard are required) which means that as little space as possible is used up. Problems with other hand controls include difficulties ‘untangling’ the legs from the control rods. With this particular right angle hand control full acceleration is possible with only a slight chance of the handle hitting the driver’s lap (this depends on the size of the car, person and the hand control’s positioning within the the car but is a good general rule of thumb).
One other useful aspect is the positioning of Sure Grip’s right angle hand control which is both specifically positioned close to the steering wheel and angled to allow for the driver to both operate the gas and brake pedals whilst also maintaining grip of the steering wheel. Usually the driver can only hold on with the fingers of one hand – and of course the effectiveness of this is determined by the positioning of the handle (which will vary based on the experienced of the mechanic and size of the car) as well the size of the hand. Personally I have tiny hands (smaller than many women) so this would not be particularly useful for me personally.
Operation of the hand control requires pushing forward to brake and pulling at a right angle downwards to engage the gas pedal. This product comes with Sure Grip’s Auto Lock Out feature which allows for the the right angle hand control to be disabled and enabled by flicking a switch.
Sure Grip is a manufacturer of hand controls and other disabled driving equipment. You can find out more about their hand controls by visiting my page on Sure Grip hand controls. I’ve also written brief extracts about the main points about Sure Grip’s different hand controls below as well:
The Push and Rock Hand Control which is by Sure Grip utilizes a unique vertical handle to minimize space requirements and create an easier driving experience. Perfect for small cars, large drivers or for people who want to absolustely minimize contact between control rods and their legs, feet and laps.
The Push and Pull Hand Control which is by Sure Grip too also doesn’t have any particularly unique qualities. As a matter of factor push pull hand controls were the first type of operation mechanisms developed (pushing to brake, pull backwards to accelerate) and similar hand controls to this can be found elsewhere.
The Push and Twist Hand Control which is also by Sure Grip is one of their two unique hand controls because of its acceleration engagement mechanism. This involves twisting the handle for their hand control in a fashion similar to that of a motorcycle.
Review of Sure Grip’s Push and Right Angle Hand Controls System
Ultimately this doesn’t have many things which are ‘special’ about it, but neither does it have any serious drawbacks whatsoever. The reasons to buy Sure Grip’s Push-Right Angle hand control are:
- If you have a small car, or are a large person who finds entry and exiting difficult (or who can envisage such a situation occurring and hence requires the stationary control rods.
- Have medium to large hands and are not comfortable with turning the steering wheel with only one hand and would prefer one and ‘a half’ of your hands to be able to turn the wheel.
- Do not wish for your lap to be rubbed against or even hit by control rods of handles which are too low (or perhaps you are a very tall person).
These three reasons may very well appeal to a small number of people but the vast majority of people will probably not find them convincing reasons to specifically purchase this device. This is a good product without significant disadvantages, but you might prefer to buy a simpler portable kit which is perhaps 1/3rd of the price, or spend 50-100% more money and buy something with significantly superior hand controls technology such as featuring electronic engagement mechanisms.
Comparison against other Hand Controls Systems
This particular hand control is very similar to MPS Monarch’s right angle hand control, although admittedly without the added immobile control rods and certain aspects of the positioning. This kind of hand control system is very similar to many hand controls which require permanent installation which are currently available. For example you can find almost identical products made by MPS Monarch, MPD (Mobility Products and Design), GuidoSimplex, Driver Master and even more.
The Sure Grip push and right angle hand controls system is nothing special, and lacks the electronic engagement which the more expensive hand controls have. Nevertheless at around 700 dollars it’s a good product that gets the job done and will certainly be useful to many disabled drivers.