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Hand Controls for Vehicles

Author: Brian Barry

Published: 2009-02-08 : (Rev. 2014-03-01)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Hand controls are equipment and devices that allow a person with limited or no lower body or leg movement to drive a vehicle using hands only.

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Hand controls are equipment and devices that allow seniors and a person with limited or no lower body or leg movement to drive using the hands only.

Depending on how they are installed, most vehicles can have hand control levers and foot pedal operation so vehicles can still be used in a standard manner. Some car manufacturers will fit hand controls to new or used models or they can be done by specialist vehicle modifiers. Prior to purchasing a vehicle, it is recommended advice is sought as to the appropriateness of certain models for modification.

Modifications can also be done to allow independent operation of car accessories, including:

Modifications can be done to convert the steering, clutch, accelerator and brake pedals to hand controls by installing:

In order to ensure vehicle modifications comply with individual country and state licensing compliance regulations, the appropriate licensing body should be contacted to determine if any permits or conditions apply. If specific vehicle modifications are required to enable a person with disability to drive, conditional codes may be placed on a Drivers license outlining this and specialized vehicle insurance may be required.

To determine the most appropriate vehicle modifications to suit people needs, specialized driving assessors can conduct assessments and provide recommendations on:

For people that are required to drive a vehicle as part of their work role, some vehicle modifications may be required. If vehicles are leased rather than owned and used by multiple employees, temporary or removable modifications will be the most appropriate.

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