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
Primary hand control adaptations deal with acceleration, braking, and steering. Your technician can minimise cutting and drilling during installation to keep both safety and aesthetics in mind.
Mechanical hand controls are the old standard. They operate by basic physics- fun science stuff. They’re as cost-effective as they are reliable.
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 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 Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers
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 be converted to footswitches.
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.
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.