Published 2012-01-05 (Rev. 2014-03-01) -- Peddle Master hand controls are a versatile cheaper and portable product for adaptive driving for persons with disabilities and limited mobility.
Author: Wendy Taormina-Weiss
Quote: "Testing is everything where safety, usability, and ease of use are concerned and Peddle Master certainly passes with flying colors."
Definition: Defining the Meaning of Hand Controls
Automotive adaptive devices which either reduce the physical effort required to control and/or operate a vehicle or alter the way in which driver control initiatives are applied to the vehicle control systems. These adaptive devices provide the possibility of driving a vehicle for many drivers with disabilities.
People with physical disabilities who have researched or purchased hand controls for a car know just how expensive they can be. Rick Judson is an inventor who is personally aware of this fact; along with a friend, he invented, Peddle Master, a product that is far more versatile, is less-expensive, and is portable.
Rick says of his product, "I wanted to create something that I could safely use anywhere, in any car with an automatic transmission. A device that wouldn't limit my freedom or independence, and most of all, wouldn't cost me thousands of dollars to install." After he invented Peddle Master for himself, other people saw it and wanted it too; the year was 1991. Rick decided to launch a corporation to produce his product in 1993, and since that time the company has sold more than 3,000 Peddle Masters around the world. Peddle Master is manufactured in America.
Peddle Master has been selling through both distributors and Rick's website for around 20 years now. The product has been evaluated and tested by Louisiana Tech University, and it was determined to be the most user-friendly of any hand control device available on the market. Peddle Master was also evaluated and tested by the University of Virginia Auto Safety Laboratory for both durability and use in the auto industry.
Testing is everything where safety, usability, and ease of use are concerned and Peddle Master certainly passes with flying colors. The product has not only been tested by two universities, the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) also tested Peddle Master and approved it. The government has tested Peddle Master, as well as time; the product is safe and built to last a lifetime.
The product works with any car or truck that has an automatic transmission - you know people with physical disabilities just love this capability. Maybe the best thing of all is that Peddle Master is inexpensive when you compare it to the costs of professionally installing hand controls. Peddle Master installs in a few seconds and you can take it with you when you are done driving.
You don't need any tools at all to install Peddle Master, you can install it will you are in the driver's seat in a few seconds. The product gives people with physical disabilities the opportunity to test drive any care they want and guess what? You can drive rental cars yourself with Peddle Master. A mere 20-30% of the airports around the world offer vehicles with any kind of accessibility modifications for rent, leaving many people with physical disabilities dependent upon others to drive a rental car for them. Peddle Master is a product you can take with you in a suitcase or in a carry-on. When you land you can rent any car with an automatic transmission you want, install Peddle Master in a flash, and drive away.
A first look at Peddle Master might leave you with a couple of questions, such as how to drive with two separate controls.
The answer to this question is easy, you use Peddle Master in the same way people use their feet to drive, you just move your hand back and forth on the hand controls instead of using your feet on the car's pedals. One of the hand controls is for the accelerator, while the other one is for braking.
There are so many different kinds of cars out there, like those little tuna can cars, or mega-SUV's. Another question that might come to mind is whether or not Peddle Master hand controls adjust in length, I mean - the cars available on the market do vary in size rather greatly. Rick says the Peddle Master is 26 1/2 inches long and runs even with the steering wheel. He says that just like people who drive with their feet, you can adjust your driver's side seat if you need to; you don't need to make any major adjustments to Peddle Master itself.
The first set of hand controls I used had a handle, with rods and bolts. They were fixed to the car and were professionally installed. Some people might wonder how the Peddle Master attaches to the car. The answer is that the Peddle Master has spring loaded jaws that clamp around the accelerator and brake pedals securely, something that is easy to do while you are sitting in the driver's seat.
The Peddle Master hand controls do not attach to the steering column. Instead they rest in your lap as you drive. The design of these hand controls give you more flexibility and makes them easier to use because they are not attached to the steering column of your car.
Peddle Master comes with two handles - one for the accelerator pedal, and one for the brake pedal. Telling which of the handles goes to which of the pedals must be simple, right? The fact is that it really is. One handle is vertical, just like the accelerator pedal, while the other handle is horizontal, just like the brake pedal.
The first set of hand controls I had cost almost $1,100 dollars, and only came with a 1 year warranty. If my car broke down I was out of luck because the hand controls were fixed to the car. The Peddle Master costs $365 dollars, comes with a 3 year warranty, and you can use it with any car that has an automatic transmission. A bonus? The Peddle Master comes in different colors to include Ruby Red, Black Onyx, and Sapphire Blue.
The Peddle Master website has a video demonstrating their hand controls that is certainly informative. Finding this exceptional option to costly, professionally installed hand controls is a wonderful thing for so many people with physical disabilities. The product gives us more access to the cars everyone uses, it is portable, and easy to use.
Peddle Master, Inc. (www.peddlemaster.com) - Ph. (800)587-5212 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org