To start with the handle which the hand operates to engage the gas and brake pedals is vertical, which is very different from 90% of other hand controls which feature handles lying on a horizontal plane. Whether you will like this or not is very much based on personal preference and I can only suggest going down to a disabled mobility dealership and getting a feel for the different handles yourself. The last thing you want to be stuck with is a handle which doesn’t feel natural.
The ‘push rock’ in the name ‘Sure Grip Push Rock Hand Controls’ refers to the two motions required for engagement. The driver pushes forward to engage the brakes and ‘rocks’ backwards to engage the gas. Collective reviews and emails to myself have informed me that Sure Grip’s push rock hand controls are relatively easy to use for a set of manual hand controls. Of course if you have electronic hand controls things are much easier but these are still very easy to use. Fatigue when driving with these hand controls should be minimal but certainly not non-existent.
The control rods which lead from the handle of the hand controls to the pedal are placed as high in the car as possible to minimize interference between the legs, control rods and pedals. Using a pedal guard would be a useful measure to avoid the driver’s feet interfering with the pedals and hence the car’s operation.
Furthermore, unlike many other hand controls the installation of Sure Grip’s push rock hand controls system does not impede the pedals. Many states require the pedals of a car to always be open to regular operation and so if required the hand controls could be ignored and the car driven normally. Also, the upright handle allows for the comfortable installation and operation on most cars. Horizontal handles can be installed on all but the smallest cars – but their comfortable operation is a completely different matter. Some cars are fitted with hand controls with horizontal handles and the driver has difficulty comfortably engaging the hand controls because there isn’t enough room – a vertical handle resolves this issue.
Finally, Sure Grip has an designed an Auto Lock Out system which allows for the hand control’s acceleration function to be disabled by flicking a switch to prevent unauthorized usage.
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 Right Angle Hand Control which is by Sure Grip doesn’t have any particularly special qualities which aren’t found elsewhere. The exact type of operation plus similar design are found elsewhere by its competitors.
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 Rock Hand Controls System
Ultimately, all things considered, there are few reasons to mark out this hand controls system as special. It’s a simple manual hand control which features control rods with mechanical linkage. This does allow for easy operation of the hand control which results in very little fatigue – but this kind of feature is common with most other hand controls. In fact this hand control, and all of Sure Grip’s hand controls don’t feature anything other than manual engagement which is a little disappointing.
On the other hand the fact that they don’t feature advanced systems allows for a reasonably low price, generally Sure Grip’s push rock hand controls cost 600 dollars at the very least but can range in price from 600-800 dollars depending on where you buy them from. You can purchase them online at auction websites (just make sure you have a professional who can safely install them).
There are just a few things which make this hand control a little special, firstly the vertical handle is useful both from a comfort perspective plus for drivers in small cars and secondly the Auto Lock Out feature is somewhat useful.
My ending statement regarding my review of Sure Grip’s push rock hand controls is this “they’re nothing particularly special, but there’s certainly nothing wrong them them”.
Comparison against other Hand Controls Systems
A comparison of these particular hand controls against their competitors is quite easy, mainly because they’re quite similar in many respects aside from the two points which I’ve made just above. Firstly they’re incredibly similar to MPS Monarch hand controls, many of Mobility Product’s and Design’s hand controls and several GuidoSimplex hand controls. They all follow a very standard formula which involves a handle, control rods and pedal attachments and they tend not to deviate away from this normality.
Almost all hand controls which feature electronic functions (such as being able to accelerate by simply pushing a button) are obviously superior whereas most of its competitors feature similar manual hand controls and are hence relatively equal.
Overall the Sure Grip Push Rock Hand Controls system is a good piece of equipment and will be acceptable to most people, you can find a few better products at significantly greater price but overall it’s a good, standard piece of disabled driving equipment.