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    Suggestions for balance loss while driving??

    I've recently started driving a minivan. I am a c6 quad and i transfer into a 6 way power drivers seat. I sometimes fall to the right while making left turns. My instructor tried a chest strap on me yesterday, it seemed to put my trunk in such a position that made it really tired and made driving alot of effort and i was still falling to the right on left turns. So i'm hoping someone out there has a better suggestion. I was thinking some kind of lateral support but don't know of any that attach to drivers seat. Please let me know what works for any of you in similiar situation. thanks.

    #2
    Hi Jenny, I went through this too when I started driving. I'm a para but my ribs were destroyed on one side, so I have very little trunk stability still. The chest strap worked for me but may take some getting used to. You can also have custom padding built into the seat to bolster you upright. Then the transfer may become an issue.

    Congrats on this big step. I hope it gets easier for you.



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      #3
      I drive from my wheelchair and use this velcro belt that goes around my chest and my w/c (under my armpits) with a strap over each shoulder from back to front. can't find a picture, sorry.

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        #4
        I have know a couple of quads with a similar problem. They appeared to have solved the problem by using a racing harness. It has straps over both shoulder, across the chest, and a lap belt. I have a minimal problem and the armrest on the right side of the seat gives me the support I need.

        You can look at these,
        http://www.saferacer.com/harness/?ta...FQJ2xgodSS8o3w

        or just Google racing harness.
        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

        See my personal webpage @
        http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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          #5
          Seat armrests do wonders. The type that fold up. If you can transfer and all that it's all you need.

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            #6
            I have a suggestion I have been using for over 20 years and it works for me. I have a chest belt attached to my chair but I also have a padded wooden bar or block I guess you would call it screwed to the drivers door at the correct position so when I turn left I can slip my left elbow under it, lean left and turn the wheel with my right arm.

            It works for me and if you need photos let me know.

            I guess this would only work with the hand controls on the left and steering with your right hand.

            Originally posted by JennyB View Post
            I've recently started driving a minivan. I am a c6 quad and i transfer into a 6 way power drivers seat. I sometimes fall to the right while making left turns. My instructor tried a chest strap on me yesterday, it seemed to put my trunk in such a position that made it really tired and made driving alot of effort and i was still falling to the right on left turns. So i'm hoping someone out there has a better suggestion. I was thinking some kind of lateral support but don't know of any that attach to drivers seat. Please let me know what works for any of you in similiar situation. thanks.
            ^^(A)^^

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              #7
              I'm just a para as well, but I have found if I cross my legs it provides much more stability (although I have good balance to begin with). If I don't, I see I'm much more unstable though!
              Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

              T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                #8
                i was just talking about this with my dad to day, he told me he is just going to glue velcro to the truck seat and to the back of my shirts. he said that should hold me from floping around haha
                I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

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                  #9
                  I went through the same thing when I started driving; got fatigued after a short while and it was scary making quick left turns. It takes a little time to get used to it. I agree that the fold down arm rests help a lot.

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                    #10
                    I have a chest strap that was custom made. I'll call Craig Hosp. and find out where they got it and post it here.
                    Dave E. C6-7 Incomp. Quad 9-06

                    "NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS!"
                    "THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR THE INSIDE OF A MAN / WOMAN THAN THE OUTSIDE OF A HORSE"

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                      #11
                      Hi Jenny,
                      I have the same problem and steer with my L-hand. While turning to the L, I put my R-arm/hand behind the passengers seat which helps me keep balance. Done it like that for 7 years now.

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                        #12
                        Call IMEC @ 800-547-9514. Ron is very helpful. I got the 4" multi-adjustable. It is fastened around the seat, and then fastens around you with 3 different adjustments to fine tune your stability. I really like it. I'm a C4 inc. with fussion at C6/7. It should work well for you. Best of luck, and enjoy the freedom of the road!
                        Dave E. C6-7 Incomp. Quad 9-06

                        "NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS!"
                        "THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR THE INSIDE OF A MAN / WOMAN THAN THE OUTSIDE OF A HORSE"

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by darty View Post
                          I have a suggestion I have been using for over 20 years and it works for me. I have a chest belt attached to my chair but I also have a padded wooden bar or block I guess you would call it screwed to the drivers door at the correct position so when I turn left I can slip my left elbow under it, lean left and turn the wheel with my right arm.

                          It works for me and if you need photos let me know.

                          I guess this would only work with the hand controls on the left and steering with your right hand.

                          I would love to see a picture of your padded mounted block. Balance is an issue for me too. Thanks.
                          Peggy

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                            #14
                            Will do as soon as I can..

                            It is made from a wooden stick purchased at a Lowes home store, the stick is about 1/2 square and it is in the garden section (they are used to steak up plants). The wood is cut to 12" in length then we wrapped it several times with some blue duck tape (from Walmart) and mounted it to the drivers door length wise front to back with sheet metal screws. You need the correct length screws so it is mounted strong but the screws don't hit the window glass. Also the one I have in this van is spaced away from the door in the rear half of the stick by using those black, square rubber feet that peel and stick into place from Radio Shack.

                            I will post photos soon and you will understand it better...


                            Originally posted by peegy p View Post
                            I would love to see a picture of your padded mounted block. Balance is an issue for me too. Thanks.
                            Peggy
                            ^^(A)^^

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                              #15
                              O.K. so here are the photos I hope they help you can also use a length of 1/4 round and pad that up then screw it to the door. It may take some playing around but it works for me...



                              Originally posted by darty View Post
                              Will do as soon as I can..

                              It is made from a wooden stick purchased at a Lowes home store, the stick is about 1/2 square and it is in the garden section (they are used to steak up plants). The wood is cut to 12" in length then we wrapped it several times with some blue duck tape (from Walmart) and mounted it to the drivers door length wise front to back with sheet metal screws. You need the correct length screws so it is mounted strong but the screws don't hit the window glass. Also the one I have in this van is spaced away from the door in the rear half of the stick by using those black, square rubber feet that peel and stick into place from Radio Shack.

                              I will post photos soon and you will understand it better...
                              Attached Files
                              ^^(A)^^

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