Push/pull hand controls are one of the most commonly fitted vehicle adaptations, providing thousands of people the option of driving without the use of their legs. These adaptations are also often used alongside a steering ball, making the driving experience much easier and more comfortable.
The basic idea and use of push/pulls hasn’t varied much in 50 years, but there is a variance in the quality of some of the push/pull hand controls on the market.
We always recommend the highest quality discreet push/pull controls where possible… and here’s why:
- The rods are hidden behind the dashboard. Why? Rods running 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 a number of manufacturers who offer discreet hand controls on the Motability Scheme – and every approved adaptations company can choose to fit them if they so desire… but incredibly many still fit the old fashioned ones.
Although a few specific vehicles may not be suitable for discreet hand controls, the majority are, so you should always insist on discreet hand controls wherever possible.
Don’t compromise. Everyone deserves the very best driving experience – and a disability shouldn’t have to get in the way of that.