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    My son is 16 and a T-5 complete sci. He will be taking drivers ed this summer. We were fortunate that a wonderful man from our local ILC sold us his S-10 truck with hand controls in it! The hand controls are on the left side. I am wondering if we can move them to the right side? My husband is a farmer and a good mechanic but we both just want to do things right. Is this something we can do ourselves or should we take it to a special mechanic?

    Ben has driven it a little but thinks it would be easier steering with his left hand. It was a good day for me just seeing how easy Ben made it look to load that chair etc!!

    All, thanks for making this journey a little less lonely.

    Ben's mom in Ohio

    #2
    Is your son left handed? Hard to say if they can be moved depending on what type of controls they are. I have never used right hand controls personally so it would be extremely awkward and uncomfortable for me. They do make hand controls for the right side but don't know anybody that has ever used them.
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      #3
      I made my own controls. I use them on the right side, free floating, NOT mounted to the steering wheel. No way I would have a set attached. I steer with my left hand, arm propped on the window or armrest. My right arm propped on the center console. You can use cruise control and free that hand up also, especially outside city traffic.
      I am T4 and drive a Ranger XLT 4x4. It just takes a day or two to get used to them.

      He can modify them himself. They are only a mechanical linkage and are WAY over-priced to begin with. I trust no one with my vehicles, or anything else for that matter.

      Farmers have the best tools

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        #4
        Originally posted by CapnGimp
        free floating, NOT mounted to the steering wheel. No way I would have a set attached.
        Why?

        C.

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          #5
          I have zero balance with both my arms out in free space, I fall over like a wounded weeble, lol. Not to mention I have NEVER been a two handed driver. I rest my left arm along the window opening, and my right on the center console, which I also replaced with my own design for better strength and fit.
          I am absolutely stable this way. Comes in very handy on curvy roads, switchbacks and dodging all the no-driving mofo's on todays highways
          I tend to drive a wee tad faster than the rest, although these 60 dollar plus fill ups have slowed me down.

          Geez, it's 330am, gotta get off here.

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            #6
            I have to disagree with the capn on this one. its no big deal driving with the controls on the left,he will get use to it. down the road when he has more experience and wants to try on the right side have at it. the controls should be installed by a professional,your insurance company may null and void coverage with home built or home modified controls if he is in a crash. just my 2 cents...dave

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              #7
              I have had controls on both sides, due to the control hitting the radio or dash. You can move it if you want to, the type I have is easy to work on.
              Andrew

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                #8
                I have hand controls on the right side. I know it is not what most people do, but for me it is better to be able to rest my left arm on the armrest when I can. You usually don't need a specific "right hand control model." It is just a question of installing them with the posts in the X position (crossed over one another in a way that does not rub in all motions) rather than the posts going down parallel to each other.

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                  #9
                  When I first took a driving class in rehab they took me out in a van with left side controls and right side controls (both at the same time, but different types). I thought that of course it would be better to have the controls on the right, since I am used to holding the steering wheel with my left hand and shifting (or operating the throttle/brake on a motorcycle) with my right hand.

                  But it is TONS more convenient (at least to me) to have the controls on the left. You have to reach across in a funky way to shift into and out of gear if you have your right hand on the brake the whole time. And (to me) its easier to reach for the radio/AC controls with my right hand, and not have to take my left off of the gas/brake.

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                    #10
                    A hard-headed man speaks his mind...

                    All the more reason to have a FREE FLOATING hand control. You can place it anywhere you want, as circumstance demands. Having driven numerous manual transmission vehicles and motorcycles all my life, it just seemed WRONG to me, having a left hand throttle. In a 4 wheeled vehicle, the right hand is used for the shifter ALWAYS. (at least here, where we drive on the correct side of the road
                    I know it is all about preference and there is no right or wrong here, before anyone says I think I am always right, again, lol. But you couldn't PAY me to use those fixed controls in my vehicle, let alone have some half-aRsed ratchet jockey install them. I'm not EVEN pulling out the soapbox on the grossly inflated prices....

                    PS Tiger, I want to inform you that after answering your query the other nite and hitting the hay, I couldn't go to sleep. I thought you, of all people, should think of manual trannies as the reason no sane person would want their right hand glued to the wheel full time. It just isn't NATURAL
                    Last edited by CapnGimp; 6 Jun 2008, 5:58 PM. Reason: The President called and said to.

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                      #11
                      It's generally safer to use left-side mounted controls because it allows the driver to operate turn signals on curved roads without compromising the ability to steer the vehicle. It is also safer to operate the AC, radio, and other secondary controls with the right hand while keeping the vehicle stopped with the left. Most automatic transmissions also have an interlock to prevent the vehicle from being shifted into gear unless the brake is depressed, so having both the brake lever and gear shift on the right side is awkward.

                      Usually a right side mounted control is more-appropriate for someone who lacks sufficient strength or range of motion to turn the steering wheel with their right upper extremity.

                      During the 7 years that I worked full time as a Certified Driver Rehab Specialist, I probably installed the right side MPD3500's in my evaluation sedan 3 or 4 times.

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                        #12
                        Capn,for you with tons of road time its great,but for someone just starting out learning how to drive for the first time ever( if i read the first post correct)not so great.i have found with both new and not so new drivers learning a new skill in driving (ie big trucks ) that for the most part they are real busy for the first while ..dave

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