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Handicap Hand Controls for Paraplegics - Cheap Hand Controls

Updated on August 25, 2012

Temporary Hand Controls

Handicap Hand Control Brands and Manufacturers

Researching, buying, installing and using handicap hand controls – is not an easy process. There is a lot to consider with regards to your previous driving experience, physical ability and various legal requirements. Please kindly navigate this help-site via the contents list below to find what you’re looking for.

Most popular manufacturers:

Menox Hand controls
They're considered one of the best, albeit it most expensive.

GuidoSimplex Hand Controls
Innovative designs to cater for less frequent disabilities.

MPS Monarch Hand Controls
One of the largest, oldest and most respected manufacturers of hand controls.

Mobility Products and Design
MPD offers an extensive product range plus Veigel products.

This page doesn't talk about any products, but via the navigation menu below you can find exactly what you're looking for if you're seeking background knowledge into this specific type of handicapped equipment. All of the information is accurate and up to date and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to know more about absolutely anything.

What are Hand Controls for Handicap Drivers?

Simply put, Handicap Hand Controls allow either a partially or fully disabled person to drive a vehicle with the help of external pieces of equipment which operate the car's acceleration and brake pedals by

There are currently very few vehicles that come already fitted with this type of disabled technology, but there are disability accessories which allow cars to be fitted with disabled-friendly controls. This allows the vast majority of disabled people to drive normally, and the only things that the car must usually have are power steering and have automatic gears. This puts less strain on the disabled driver who clearly has to use his arms to a much greater degree than normal drivers, and where any chance to reduce this stress must be taken. These usually come in the form of temporary but occasionally permanent kits which, upon installation, allow the disabled driver to pilot his/her vehicle.

Permanently Installed Hand Controls

Who do Hand Controls help?

Disabled hand controls help a lot of people who have driving difficulties, but they tend to be for people who have suffered spinal injuries and have either permanent or temporary loss of feeling in their legs. There are lots of different ways the spine can be injured and I myself have suffered a spinal compression fracture (combined with a fractured hip) which meant I couldn’t walk for a month. That month was agony and I was ‘stuck’ in a hospital in Thailand until I could walk and sit long enough to travel.

I have no doubt in my mind that one of the few things which allowed me to get through that very difficult period in my life was knowing that at least after several months I would eventually be able to start walking again. People who are permanently disabled do not have the luxury of that comforting thought which I had. If you are, or have ever been unable to walk then you’ll know that it is a terrible feeling and you want to do everything you can to get back to ‘normal’ and anything which can make your life a little easier, a little more normal is welcomed beyond belief.

Driving is just one of the things which are taken from you after becoming disabled; it’s just another item on a long list of things which you can no longer do. You see people driving and you think back to when you could, back to when things were different. Well the 21st century is the century of change and equality for all; and being treated like a second class citizen is another inequality which is slowly, but thankfully being eroded away.

For those who want to go down to Cornwall in England, or travel across America, doing so by driving is no longer a dream but a reality. For those who thought they would never drive again, hand controls are a complete change in their lives. Driving is possible, it is doable and it isn’t as difficult as most people think. Don’t limit yourself by fear or doubt, experience what was taken from you; or what you’ve potentially never experienced before.

Handicap Hand Controls for Cars

Legal Requirements for Hand Controls (and the laws for disabled drivers)

Being a disabled driver isn’t always as easy as simply buying and installing the appropriate hand controls for your car. There are sometimes complex issues at stake and different authorities and governments, municipal, regional or otherwise all have different ways of dealing with disabled drivers.

There are some countries where disabled driving isn’t even legal, there are other countries where there is no access to disabled driving equipment. There are rules, regulations, taxes and different insurance requirements depending on who you are, where you are and your condition.

Unfortunately because of the wide array of different legal issues spanning different countries and cultures it’s up to you to be able to find out what you have to do to make you driving perfectly legal and most importantly completely safe.

If you’re residing in a country where there’s substantial online help websites provided for by the government such as the USA or UK you should have no problems in updating yourself on the issues at stake. If you live in areas where information is not so readily available then phone calls, emails or letters are the alternative.

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