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Mechanical hand controls – Everything you need to know

As time marches on, the vehicle adaptation industry is continually developing better ways of helping disabled drivers. Arguably one of the oldest types of adaptations is hand controls. These allow disabled drivers to control the accelerator and brake pedals via a system of levers mounted below the steering wheel.

So what are the different types of hand controls?Push-pull hand controls

Push/pull hand controls

The standard push/pull controls are a very simple set of levers attached to the car’s accelerator and brake pedals and fitted to one side of the steering wheel. All a driver needs to do is pull towards themselves to go and push away from themselves to stop.

Radial hand or push/right angle controlsRadial hand controls

Radial or push/right angle hand controls provide an alternative solution for drivers who struggle to grip with their hands. Similar to push/pull controls, drivers will still control the brake by pushing a lever away from themselves. However, the accelerator is now operated at right angles to the brake by pushing the lever down towards the floor of the vehicle.

Because the lever can be pressed downwards using any part of the hand, no grip is required. These controls can also help to alleviate shoulder pain that can be experienced by some drivers following prolonged periods of driving with push/pull controls.

Floor-mounted push/pull hand controls Floor-mounted push-pull hand controls

For drivers who struggle to hold their arms up for long periods, there is the option of the floor-mounted push/pull hand controls. These are operated by pushing and pulling a lever attached to the floor on the left side of the driver.

Again, the brake is operated by pushing away while the accelerator is engaged by pulling inwards towards the driver. With the operating hand sitting much lower next to the driver’s thigh, there is less strain on the arm and shoulder. It can also make getting in and out of the vehicle easier due to the positioning of the controls compared to some other systems.

With all of these systems, the vehicle can still be driven using the pedals if desired as they are not affected and remain intact.

Why choose Ergomobility?

Ergomobility is an independent adaptations specialist, which means that we have no ties to any specific manufacturers. We only ever select our products based on quality and performance and always choose adaptations that are right for our customers. This is why we use ‘Discreet Hand Controls’ wherever possible because we understand the benefits that they offer to our customers.

What are discreet hand controls

With these systems, the metal rods are largely hidden, which is not only aesthetically far more pleasing than having them on show, but also makes entering and exiting the vehicle much easier without banging the knees.

There are various types of mechanical hand controls out there, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us to discuss your requirements.

Mid-Term Motability Adaptations

We were asked a question by a Motability salesman a few days ago and as it’s not the first time, so we thought it was worth sharing our answer.

Your customer can have adaptations to their vehicle during its lease period (after handover). However, they must advise Motability beforehand and the vehicle must be suitable for the adaptations. If it is, your customer must pay the Motability Adaptation Specialist directly.

There are a few reasons why someone may need adaptations fitted after the vehicle handover:

  • An unforseen change in their disability or circumstances.
  • The client hadn’t realised which adaptations were available to them.
  • Something was missed by the client, dealer or adaptations specialist at the time of ordering the vehicle.

Obviously, a change in disability cannot be predicted and therefore adding extra adaptations is unavoidable.

The other two circumstances may be avoided if the adaptations specialist takes the time to speak to your client at the time of ordering.

At Ergomobility we always contact your customer before adapting their vehicle. We sometimes find that they would benefit from additional adaptations, many of which they may not be aware of and are often free under the Motability scheme. For example, a customer requesting hand controls may also benefit from a steering ball, indicator switch and pedal guard.

It is our mission to ensure we find the best solution for your customer first time, every time, so they can enjoy their car for the entire period of their vehicle lease, without the need for additional adaptations.

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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Ergomobility Sussex
Units 1 – 4, Crosspost Industrial Park,
Cowfold Road, Bolney,
West Sussex, RH17 5QU

Telephone: 01444 882233

Ergomobility Thames Valley
Reading, RG4 7XW

Telephone: 0118 321 8193

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