Vehicle hand controls help people with disabilities safely drive almost any vehicle, increasing their independence. Before you add hand controls to your vehicle, learn more about how they work, how to get them installed and how to learn to use them.
How do hand controls work?
Though there are different types of hand controls, most hand controls work with push and pull levers. You push on the lever to brake and pull on the lever to accelerate. Levers may be attached to the steering wheel or the floor.
Who can use hand controls?
Any person with a disability who wants to use hand controls will need to be evaluated by a handicap rehabilitation specialist. These specialists can determine if hand controls are right f or you.
Can other people use my car if I have hand controls installed?
Other drivers should be able to use the pedals as normal in your vehicle. Hand controls do not interfere with pedal function.
Can hand controls be installed in my vehicle?
Most new and used vehicles that have an automatic transmission can have hand controls installed. The only requirement is enough space between the wheel and the pedals.
Can I install hand controls myself?
For your safety, you should have certified professionals install your hand controls. A malfunction in a hand control could result in a life-threatening situation.
How can I learn how to use hand controls?
Your local department or bureau of motor vehicles may have classes to teach you how to use hand controls. You may also be able to find classes at local driving schools or through rehabilitation services.
Do I have any special license or registration requirements to use hand controls in my vehicle?
No. Just like any driver, a driver using hand controls must pass a simple driving test.
At Hampton Roads Mobility, we provide professional installation of hand controls and other vehicle modifications. Call us today at (757) 663-5457 to learn how we give you greater control over your vehicle.