Everything You Need to Know About Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers

The vehicle industry naturally skews toward accessibility and autonomy as time goes by and manufacturers hone their machines. Transmissions have become automatic. Powered steering is now standard.

Technology keeps taking things further, making advancements for convenience that actually provide wider accessibility. Keyless entry and cruise control aren’t enough, but they open up the door to customisation. You can further customise your vehicle by installing hand controls for disabled drivers.

While you’ll have to notify the DVLA and your insurers of the change, you won’t have to retake your drive test. Read on to find out why achieving driving independence might be easier than you think.

Primary Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers

Lodgesons Lollipop Grip

 

Primary hand control adaptations deal with acceleration, braking, and steering. These can be implemented on both manual and automatic cars.

Brook Millers technicians will minimise cutting and drilling during installation to keep both safety and aesthetics in mind.

Mechanical hand controls for cars are the old standard. They operate by basic physics- fun science stuff. They’re as cost-effective as they are reliable.

 

Driver using disabled hand controls

The push/pull brake and accelerator allows you to pull a lever for acceleration and push it to brake. Similarly, when using a bar and plunger system, you’ll push a bar for the brake and press a plunger with your thumb to accelerate.

There are also a number of electronic accelerator controls available. A ring interface, installed over or under the steering wheel, allows you to either push or pull along a ring for acceleration. Trigger systems keep accessibility at your fingertips, requiring a gentle tug of the index finger.

You can amend steering in a variety of ways. Steering balls and pegs can be operated with one hand and reduce the strength needed to steer. Or you can replace your standard steering wheel with one smaller in diameter.

Secondary Car Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers

Easy Release Handbrake

The control of secondary functions like wipers, indicators, and headlights is also adaptable. These functions can be accessed via touch screen or voice. They can also be converted to foot switches.

You can replace your handbrake entirely with one that is easy to release. Parking sensors are becoming standard on new cars and can be installed on older models.

Bespoke Adaptations

Because Mother Nature’s made a point of making us all unique, variety is key. You can fit your disability vehicle to meet your very specific needs.

You could get pedal guards, hoists, swivel seats, and indicator extensions. Or you could get none of them. You could get a powered wheelchair that integrates seamlessly into your vehicle and into your life.

Electronic controls are making it easier than ever to fine-tune your vehicle to your daily needs.

Don’t Confine Yourself to Feeling Confined

If you’re considering having hand controls for disabled drivers installed in your current vehicle, we can help. If you’re looking for a new or used WAV on the Motability Scheme, we can help with that too. You don’t even have to be the driver, as Motability allows you to nominate up to two.

Contact us to book a demonstration in your home or come visit our showroom.

22 Comments

David
May 11, 2021 12:28 pm

Looking for push pull hand controls for astra 2017 price plz

Ben Westbrook
May 17, 2021 12:10 pm

Hi David,

Our Push/Pull hand controls start at £550 without the indicator switch.

Please let me know if you would like anymore information.

Thanks
Ben

Nadeem Ahmed
June 28, 2021 2:59 pm

I am looking for a friend who is disabled as his legs do not function at all. Looking for a device which can be fitted into his car and he has hand control for breaks and acclerator.

Ben
July 13, 2021 11:37 am

Hi Nadeem,

I think some Push/Pull hand controls would be best for your friend. Please have a look on the hand controls page on the website or call into store for some more details.

Link Below:
https://www.brookmiller.co.uk/vehicle-adaptations/mechanical-hand-controls/

Thanks

Stephanie Kaye
July 7, 2021 5:14 pm

If you have a push pull without indicator installed can you have it added at a later date? Wish I had got one on mine, was told SMax too difficult to do. Find indicating very difficult whilst driving now.

Ben
July 13, 2021 11:40 am

Hi Stephanie,

Usually an indicator can be retro fitted to hand controls.
This would depend if there is a kit available for the indicator switch to work with your vehicle.
PLease can you give me the vehicle Reg and i can check for you.

Thanks

Russell Campbell
August 29, 2021 1:05 am

Hi just need a price for push-pull accelerator brake ring a 2013 Subaru outback diesel automatic can you do this what is the cost? Thank you regards Russell

Ben
September 6, 2021 11:45 am

Hi,

Push/Pull hand controls start from £550 fitted.

Thanks
Ben

Julie
August 30, 2021 9:00 am

Could you give me a rough idea of price for a Ford Focus 2018 (new model) Titanium X please. For push/pull controls only. Thanks.

Ben
September 6, 2021 11:45 am

Hi,

Push/Pull hand controls start at £550 fitted.
Thanks
Ben

Frances
October 10, 2021 8:39 pm

We need push pull accelerate and brake as my husband is having right lower leg amputation. He is not able to get mobility car. How much damage will this do to my car.

Ben
October 12, 2021 11:38 am

Hi,

There are a few options available, you might be best calling into our showroom so we can show you.

Thanks
Ben

Peter Morrison
October 27, 2021 12:54 pm

can steering controls be fitted to cars with lane assist and how many voice controlled options are there. My car is 18 years old and I had the controls fitted when it was new. I can only use my right arm and leg.

Seema Rajani
November 16, 2021 9:57 pm

Hello …

I think I need an option to add hand controls to my automatic 2005 Honda CR-V . My legs are failing me ( right leg worse)
I am not on any mobility scheme , but I need to make a change .
Can you advise me /help me / also advise costs ? Please ?
Seema

Ben
November 22, 2021 9:41 am

Hi Seema,
Push/Pull Brake & Accelerator Hand controls start at £680 fitted.
If you would like to give us a call with more info i would be able to help.
Thanks
Ben

Carson
November 20, 2021 10:24 am

I have a Mercedes vito 111 compact. Has been adapted to disabled use. Is an auto. But all button pressed. Park. Reverse. Drive. And the handbrake is hold down a button and its comes on. Looking to sell the vito. Or get it converted back to the auto gearstick which is still currently there. How do I go about this?. Thanks

Kris
November 22, 2021 9:27 am

Hi Carson,

So probably the first step in reverting it back to standard would be to contact the original converter. But please bear in mind that it is more than likely an even bigger job to revert back than it was to originally install.

Hope that helps.

Robert
December 14, 2021 10:12 pm

Is it feasible to have hand/brake controls on a manual transmission car? i.e. Vauxhall Mokka

Ben
December 17, 2021 2:52 pm

Hi,
We can only hand controls to automatic vehicles.
Thanks
Brook Miller

George Joseph
March 8, 2022 5:46 pm

Hi, I am a disabled driver. My problem is type two diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. I am finding it difficult to operate the brake pedal. Can I get a hand-operated brake pedal adaptation? At present, my car is a Nissan Juke. I intend to change to a Dacia Sandro step way in June. If I buy a kit for Nissan Juke, can it be transferred to Dacia Sandro when I change? What will be the cost of the kit including installation

avesta
June 3, 2022 4:14 pm

Excellent article. Ӏ will be dealing with a few of these issues as well..

marion
June 10, 2022 2:05 am

It says above:

Primary hand control adaptations deal with acceleration, braking, and steering. These can be implemented on both manual and automatic cars.

Has this now changed?

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