Next up in our beginner’s guide to accessible car adaptations series, we’ll be taking a closer look at driving aids.
So, what are driving aids?
Driving aids are specifically designed systems that can be fitted to a vehicle to help people overcome a host of driving challenges.
Who can use driving aids?
Driving aids are particularly beneficial for people with reduced mobility, limited dexterity, physical disabilities, or limb amputations who find it difficult, painful, or even impossible to use the vehicle’s standard functions.
What type of driving aids are available?
Hand Controls transfer the action of accelerating and braking from the foot to the hand.
Ideal for those who have a lower body disability, injury or amputation who are unable to use the conventional foot pedals to operate the vehicle. These controls are available in a wide range of styles and grips to suit individual needs.
Steering Aids enable the one-handed operation of a vehicles’ steering wheel, commonly used in conjunction with hand controls.
A steering ball is the most popular solution due to its shape which is easy to grip, however there are also specialist steering aids available. Such as a tetra grip which provides significantly more wrist support for those with very limited hand mobility.
Pedal Adaptations can benefit various situations where using the conventional brake and accelerator pedals are difficult.
There are several popular pedal adaptations such as left foot accelerators which transfer the acceleration from the right foot to the left foot, pedal extensions which bring the foot pedals closer to drivers whose legs are unable to reach, and pedal guards which are fitted in front of the foot pedals in conjunction with hand controls to prevent accidental operation.
Secondary Control Devices allow drivers to operate a range of vehicle functions such as the indicators, horn, headlights, and wipers, all from one device.
These systems alleviate the pressure and movement required to reach across and operate the standard vehicle functions and can be fitted alongside a hand control set-up or used as a multi-function steering aid.
How to obtain driving aids?
Speak with a vehicle adaptation supplier such as Mobility in Motion and they will talk you through the process of getting driving adaptations fitted into your car. From the driving assessment and product compatibility to familiarisation driving tuition and installation, the team at Mobility in Motion will be able to advise on each step.
Call them on 0800 009 2338 or visit their website.