Being able to leave the house and drive your car wherever you please is part of what makes a better quality of life for people with disabilities. With this in mind, there’s a wide range of spinner knobs, handicap steering wheel adaptations and driving aids like hand controls and electronic parking brakes available for handicap drivers to enjoy and feel safer on the road.
For those with impaired functioning of their legs, but who still have physical dexterity in their hands, handicap steering wheel equipment is a cheaper and more convenient option than handicap equipped vehicles or handicap transportation. Spinner knobs come in a wide array of models fit to everyone’s different conditions and we have specially trained technicians that know how to install all of them.
Handicap Steering Wheel Equipment
Steering wheel knobs (also known as spinner knobs consist of a knob that mounts on the vehicle’s steering wheel. This knob helps those with limited hand strength drive and turn without straining their arms or shoulders.
The wide range of spinner knobs available include those with customized buttons and flip switch controls for the accelerator as well as turn signals, brakes, horn and dimmer switches. This makes it easier to reach these controls and keep the adaptation convenient for non-handicapped drivers who might drive the vehicle as well, since they don’t take up much space.
These type of steering wheel adaptations allow for an easier driving experience and maneuverability, being especially useful to people with limited arm and shoulder range.
Handicap Driving Equipment And Hand Controls
Other similar products available in the market include vehicle hand controls, vertical handles and brake controls. A vertical handle mounts on the console between the driver and passenger seats, connecting to the accelerator and brake pedals.
These sort of handles are specially designed for automatic transmission vehicles and are meant to be permanently installed. They include buttons to control the horn, windshield wipers, turn signals and more.
Brake controls, on the other hand, are temporary handles that can be attached to the accelerator and brake pedals. To accelerate, the handle is pulled backwards and forwards if you want to brake. The installation of these sorts of controls doesn’t affect the regular pedals of the vehicle. Although break controls can be easily installed, they’re only available for automatic transmission vehicles and also require a certain level of arm strength to use.
As you can see, handicap steering wheel equipment is a great way to assure handicap drivers greater independence and increased quality of life. However, when thinking of installing one, consult with your doctor and test drive a vehicle with these controls before buying!