Mobility hand controls are a great way to help people with disabilities drive. As the population ages, more and more people are using mobility hand controls. Whether it’s because of arthritis or injury, many drivers can benefit from this type of assistive technology. This blog post will discuss the different types of mobility hand controls available on the market today.
A joystick is a small device, usually made of plastic or metal that has an oval shape. It’s connected to the steering wheel with a bar at one end and sits in your hand on top of it as you manipulate it back and forth. The joystick moves along tracks inside the car which connect to levers on either side of the front wheels.
Pros: This type of mobility control is very easy for people who are just learning how to drive again because they have more movement than other types of controls available on the market today. They’re also good for long distances because drivers can rest their arm on the wheel when they get tired.
Cons: They’re not good for people with wrist problems or arthritis because there might be too much force on their wrists and hands as well as those drivers who need to use both hands to steer like amputees, quadriplegics, etc.
Rocking Wheelchair Joystick
This type of joystick is normally used by wheelchair users but it’s also possible for other types of mobility hand controls if someone has more movement in their right arm than left arm. It provides a free rotation option which means that you can turn your body without actually moving the chair anywhere.
Pros: This device is very intuitive because it relies less heavily on visual information so it’s easier for beginners and children to use. You can program it for different speeds so you don’t have to worry about changing the speed depending on where your destination is because it’s already set up for that place!
Cons: This type of joystick might not be good if you need accurate driving control like in a traffic situation or other dangerous roads, or if you’re looking for more gradual acceleration and deceleration.
This device attaches to the base of the chair with brackets which are secured by screws. The pedals will sit at angles from each other vertically and they’ll move side to side as well – as long as there are enough space between them (around 12″ apart).
Pros: These devices provide total independence while still being easy to use without the need for visual feedback.
Cons: These devices are usually not compatible with every type of chair and it’s hard to find a chair that fits perfectly, but if you do buy one then they’re very intuitive because there is almost no learning curve when using them.
This device has a screen on the steering wheel which can be used by touching or pressing where you want the car to move – this might be better for people who have arthritis in their hands or other disabilities like tremors and Parkinson’s Disease.
Pros: This can help drivers feel more confident while driving again because they don’t have to worry about looking at what buttons will work best depending on how much movement your fingers still have left in them!
Cons: You’ll need to find a car that has touchscreen capabilities so this might not be an option for everyone. These devices can also get expensive because they’re new and often don’t come included with the car initially.
Joystick With Foot Pedals
This is just like what was shown earlier but instead of one joystick there are two: one on the steering wheel and another attached to your feet!
Pros: This device gives drivers more control over their speed depending on where they want to go or how much movement you still have left in your fingers or hands, which will help them feel confident behind the wheel again.
Cons: Some people might have difficulty reading both screens at once – especially if it’s too far away from each other – so it might take a little more time to get used to this type of device.
Joystick With Handgrips
This is just like what was shown last but instead of the joystick being mounted on the steering wheel, it’s attached to your hand!
Pros: This allows drivers with only one hand or arm left – whether they’re an amputee, quadriplegic or something else – to drive safely without having to worry about their other hand for anything.
Cons: This device might be hard for people with arthritis in the hands because driving will require more movement than just pressing a button like it would on a touchscreen device. You’ll also have to find one that’s compatible with your chair and make sure the foot pedals are at a comfortable angle for you.
The mobility hand controls available on the market today are a great way to help people with disabilities get behind the wheel. If you or someone in your family has an disability that prevents them from using their hands, be sure to explore these options and find a control solution that works best for you. For more information about how you will be provided with custom solutions for any of your mobility needs, contact Independence Automotive. They provide custom made mobility hand controls in Victoria.