Archive for Hand Controls

Electronic Hand Controls

Electronic hand controls on the Motability Scheme are almost always electronic accelerator with a standard mechanical brake. They are designed for people who have a need for hand controls to operate the brake and accelerator but who also may suffer from upper body weakness. (The purpose of making the controls electronic is that they are extremely light and easy to operate compared to the mechanical variety).

As well as being some of the most technically advanced adaptations you will encounter on the Motability Scheme, they also come in all shapes and sizes for different people’s disabilities:

You can have Over Ring, Under Ring, Trigger, Twist Grip, Satellite, Floor mounted, Standard Push, Radial, etc… Not to mention the 5 or 6 different manufacturers listed on the Motability Scheme.

When it comes to adaptations, I would recommend that, as a Motability Specialist, you make sure your customer has had advice from an accredited Adaptation Specialist and/or Driving Assessment Centre. Assessing a customer’s requirements can be very complicated and there is a risk that, otherwise, they may end up with something that is unsuitable, causing real inconvenience to the customers (and yourselves).

Motability are now insisting that any Adaptation Specialists working with the Motability Scheme are fully trained and accredited by the Adaptation Manufacturers directly. This means the list of approved fitters around the country is now much smaller and this ensures that only the most experienced are able to fit these controls on the scheme.

Electronic Hand Controls are a fantastic product and have made it possible for many disabled drivers to drive when they would have struggled to do so with mechanical systems. However, seeking professional advice is essential before ordering.

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Discreet Push/Pull Hand Controls – a Better Way to Drive

Electronic pull acceleratorPush/pull hand controls are by far the most commonly fitted adaptation to Motability vehicles. They’re free of charge on the Motability Scheme and they enable thousands of people to drive. They can also enhance the driving experience and comfort for a disabled driver when coupled with a steering ball – also free on the Motability Scheme.

The basic idea and use of push/pulls hasn’t varied much in 50 years.

The big difference however lies in the gap in the quality of some push/pull hand controls.

We only ever buy and fit the highest quality discreet push/pull controls… Here’s why you should only recommend the discreet ones to your customers too

  • The rods are always hidden behind the dashboard. Why? Rods run on the outside of the dash not only look unsightly but drivers can catch and hurt their knees on them when entering or leaving the car.
  • The clamps around the pedals are high up so they don’t get in the way when the driver wants to use the standard pedals. Pedal clamps that sit too low can hit the driver’s feet when the pedals are being used. Crucially they can also get in the way of knee airbags.

There are two manufacturers of discreet hand controls on the Motability Scheme and every approved adaptation company can fit them if they so desire. But incredibly many still fit the old fashioned ones.

Insist on discreet hand controls.

Don’t compromise. Let your customer experience the very best in comfort and safety.

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