Mechanical Hand Controls

Below are a range of mechanical hand control options:

Floor mounted push-pull hand controls

Floor Mounted Push/Pull Hand Controls.

Floor mounted hand controls are designed specifically for people with lower limb disabilities. They allow you to operate the brake and accelerator pedals by pushing and pulling a lever with your hands without the need to use your feet.

Being floor mounted, your operating hand sits low down by your thigh which can be a relief if you are a driver that finds it hard or impossible to hold your arm upright for prolonged periods.

Getting in and out of the vehicle is much easier with these controls.

Related adaptions: Steering Ball, Secondary Controls, Infra red steering device, Pedal guards and flip up throttles.

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Push/Pull Hand Controls

Push/pull hand controls are by far our most popular driving adaptation for people with lower limb disabilities.

Push/pull hand controls are designed specifically for people with lower limb disabilities. They enable you to operate the brake and accelerator pedals by pushing and pulling a lever with your hands. You do not have to move your feet.

At Ergomobility our qualified and experienced engineers take great pride in fitting only the very best and, discreet push/ pull hand controls.  Being ‘discreet’, the metal rods are hidden behind the cowling and the clamps are placed high up on the pedal bodies. This is not only aesthetically more pleasing than having the rods on show (which is still acceptable to some adaptation specialists) it  makes entering and exiting the vehicle much easier. No banging of knees on unsightly protruding metal rods. And because the foot pedals remain intact there’s the option of using these for conventional driving.  Because the rods are hidden, they do not get in the way of knee air bags which are now part and parcel of many new cars.

Related adaptions: Steering Ball, Indicator switch, Pedal guards and flip up throttles, Infra red steering device.

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Radial Mechanical Hand Controls

Radial mechanical hand controls operate in a similar way to push/pull hand controls but instead of pulling backwards on the lever to accelerate, the lever is pushed downwards towards the floor of the vehicle.

This is an aid to people that have problems with gripping push/pull hand controls because the hand can be rested on the lever to operate the accelerator instead of pulling it towards the body. This can help alleviate the problem of aching shoulders during a long period of driving.

Related adaptions: Steering Ball, Indicator switch, Pedal guards and flip up throttles, Lightened power steering, Infra red steering device

Other adaptations often fitted alongside manual hand controls

Steering ball: When using floor mounted hand controls your left hand is almost always on the handgrip, either accelerating or braking. The steering ball gives you full and safe control of the steering wheel when only using one hand. Read More.

Secondary controls. These  are fitted on the side of the floor mounted hand controls handgrip. By the very fact that your left hand is more or less permanently accelerating or braking, it becomes difficult to operate the secondary controls. There are various options that can be selected including indicator, horn, headlights, wipers, washers, hill hold and cruise control. We can fit these to multiplex and non-multiplex vehicles. More Information.

Infra red steering device. These can be used as an alternative to having the secondary controls fitted to the side of the handgrip. An infra red steering device enables safe and controlled steering when using only one hand. They also allow a driver to operate the vehicle’s secondary controls such as indicators, headlights, horn, etc. They come with 7, 10 and 13 functions. More Information.

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Pedal guards and flip up throttles. Some people can suffer from involuntary leg movements and spasms when driving. This can be dangerous with feet accidentally hitting the brake or accelerator or, getting stuck behind one of the pedals. Pedal guards are available as single or double pedal size and have a quick release system to allow you to drive using the foot controls. Flip up throttles are easily flipped up or down for the same reason and can be used alongside a single pedal guard if the double proves to be too restrictive. Read More.

Indicator switch. This fits on top of the handgrip. Imagine for a moment you’re driving round a roundabout. Your right hand is accelerating on the lever, your left hand is on the steering ball but as you’re turning, it is on the right hand side of the wheel. This makes using the standard vehicle indicator stalk difficult to operate safely. It is in such scenarios that the toggle switch on the handgrip is incredibly useful. We can fit this to multiplex and non-multiplex vehicles. Read More.

Lightened power steering. Power steering can be easily lightened. We can simply ‘take the edge off’ of the steering as it comes from the manufacturer or can lighten it to the point where you can spin the wheel with one finger. We always assess each driver’s requirements. More Information.