Hand controls and driving aids are the perfect mobility solutions for those who are looking for mobility independence. With the use of modern technology, you can get behind the wheel and hit the road with ease.
How do you know which driving aids and electronic hand controls for disabled drivers are right for you? Ability Center offers a wide selection of adaptive equipment to help you regain independence and be in control of your own transportation. We’re breaking down the difference between the two types of controls to help you find the perfect solution for your mobility needs.
Types of Hand Controls
Hand controls allow you to operate both the gas and brake pedals using levers that are mounted below the steering wheel and attached to the pedals themselves. There are many types of hand controls, which is why it’s important to speak to a Mobility Specialist to find which best suits your needs. Here are a few types to get you started:
- Push/rock style: This control allows you to apply the accelerator and brakes by hand. When the handle is rocked back, the vehicle will accelerate, and when it is pushed forward, the car will brake. The push/rock style is ideal for drivers with no finger dexterity.
- Push/right angle style: If you have limited finger dexterity, the push/right angle style may be the best option for you. This method allows you to push the handle upward toward the instrument panel to brake and downward at a right angle to accelerate.
- Push/pull style: The push/pull style can also be used for drivers with limited finger dexterity. By pushing the lever forward, the vehicle’s brakes will engage. When the lever is pulled backward, the car will accelerate. Additionally, a three-post hand interface can be installed to offer you greater control.
- Push/rotate style: For drivers with full or limited finger function and limited vehicle space, the push/rotate style may be recommended. To accelerate the van, simply twist the lever. The driver must push the handle forward to cause the vehicle to brake.
Keep in mind, hand controls can only be installed in vehicles with an automatic transmission. They must also have power steering and brakes. Reach out to a Mobility Specialist to determine if your current van is eligible for hand controls.
Are Electronic Driving Aids Right for Me?
One-touch electronic driving aids have significantly enhanced the driving experience for those who are severely disabled. Quadriplegic people and people who can move no more than two extremities can safely operate a wheelchair van equipped with electronic driving aids. From steering controls and turn signals to gas, brakes and windows, essential vehicle operating features can be tailored to fit your needs.
Electronic driving aids can be any number of devices that are specifically designed to get you behind the wheel with full functionality. These devices utilize an interface that’s integrated into the electronic system of the vehicle and offers two types of controls to help you operate the car. Primary controls govern movement and direction (i.e. brakes, gas, and steering) while the secondary controls are designed to operate all other vehicle functions.
At Ability Center, we offer a full line of electronic driving aids to get you back in the driver’s seat. Our mobility technicians are specially-trained to work on a variety of mobility equipment, including hand controls and other mobility products.
If you are ready to find electronic hand controls for disabled drivers, reach out to your local Ability Center dealer. Our team of Mobility Specialists is available in all 15 of our locations across the country and ready to help you find the perfect driving aid for your vehicle.