Driving controls have evolved over time to accommodate people with disabilities. Driving controls have been developed that make it easier for disabled drivers to operate their vehicles and get around town. There are lots of driving control options available today like Hand Control Steering Wheel Adaptor and Voice Controlled Systems.
Rapidly improving technologies for the disabled mean more and people are able to drive independently. One of the great benefits is that a wide range of driving controls has been designed with them in mind, including hand-controls, foot-controls, voice command control levers–and even joysticks! The type best suited for you will depend on what kind or nature your disability may be.
Who you can talk to when choosing driving controls?
If you’re interested in turning your car into a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, then an occupational therapist is the person to talk to. An OT’s job includes assisting people with disabilities and injuries by ensuring that they can continue living without being limited by their condition.
These professionals are trained to help patients find methods of transport that work best for them- even if it means modifying someone else’s car so that it works just right.
Car’s converter can help you too. They can help you decide what driving controls to add and install. They’ll inspect your vehicle first, then work with you on the right choice for your situation.
Hand driving controls
Driving controls are designed specifically for drivers that need them, from hand-controls that replace foot pedals to pre-programmed steering wheel buttons. When choosing driving controls that work best for your needs make sure to consult an occupational therapist along the way because they will also help when purchasing vehicles adapted to accommodate these new changes in lifestyle.
Controlling the steering
From simple spinner knobs to bespoke steering aids, there are many options for those who cannot grip the wheel. You should speak with your occupational therapist and vehicle modifier before you decide on what option is best suited for you.
Some people have limited mobility in their feet, so they can’t use them for driving. Traditional cars are difficult to drive with that many functions on the foot pedals as well as a handbrake lever and gear shifter. However, there is an option: total-foot free driving! With this modification, any car driver’s needs will be met – all it takes now is your hands!
Voice Command Controls
Voice command technology can be used to operate your vehicle’s secondary controls. Voice commands connect directly with the car and make it easier for you to control all of its features, such as windscreen wipers, windows, lights, horns and indicators! They are specially programmed so that they know how each individual speaks – even if their accent is heavy or have some type of speech impediment.
Modifying secondary controls
Sometimes people with disabilities do not have the full use of their hands and arms to operate a vehicle. There are many different ways they can modify access to secondary controls, such as mechanical hand control devices (that you attach your steering wheel or other devices) that allow them to turn on lights, change gears, etc., without using both hands at once.
You could also find these types of devices in an electronic radial brake lever mounted somewhere within reach for easy accessibility- this is usually easier than having one installed onto the car’s primary brake system which would take up more space inside its cabin. Other times it might be necessary for someone who needs extra help getting around their vehicles’ interior due to there being limited dexterity in some areas like when driving gloves were too cumbersome.