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    Hand Controls for Car

    I searched for hand controls and saw some recommendations but didn't see where anyone had asked specifically for pros/cons of different systems. I'm looking for hand controls (been having problems finding the brake pedal when driving recently) that don't interfere with someone else driving since my wife and I drive the same car. Would appreciate recommendations on what you are using. Also curious if anyone has just a brake hand control installed. I don't have any problem finding the gas pedal since it is on the far right.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

    #2
    Hand controls are available for just the brake, I know MPD and Monarch makes them.

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      #3
      Thanks, I'll look into MPD and Monarch. Do you use either one and like it?
      T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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        #4
        I have a preference for MPD brand controls, for the appearance of them. MPD has a nice black aluminum operation bar, Monarch has a gaudy clunky looking chrome plated operation bar. MPD linkage and joints are also much more refined looking. If a brake only set is hard to find on ebay or the like, a regular set could be used and just not install the gas portion of the mechanism.

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          #5
          Agreed, the Monarch's could use an update as far as style.

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            #6
            I went to MPD on my Sienna van and I really like them. My wife able bodied has no problem with them being in her way.

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              #7
              Hello Mike. If I understand correctly, you have use of your right(?) leg. Your car is an automatic?
              Is there a reason why you cannot defer using a hand control and drive using your one functioning leg?

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                #8
                Originally posted by MikeC View Post
                Thanks, I'll look into MPD and Monarch. Do you use either one and like it?

                Find a local driving evaluator.

                They will help you figure out what works best for your needs and get you properly licensed to drive with hand controls.

                Jim
                Jim, MA, MMET
                Bridgewater, MA

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
                  Find a local driving evaluator.

                  They will help you figure out what works best for your needs and get you properly licensed to drive with hand controls.

                  Jim
                  Not all states require relicensure to use hand controls. Experienced hand control users don't need to go through driver's evaluation or training again to change the system they are using.

                  (KLD)
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                    #10
                    Thanks everyone for the input. slow_runner- I've been driving 14 years using my right leg but lately have been missing the brake pedal sometimes. I'm trying to figure out if I should use hand controls. Currently I'm driving like an old man - leaving lots of space so that if I do miss the brake pedal I've got time to find it before needing to stop.
                    T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by MikeC View Post
                      Thanks everyone for the input. slow_runner- I've been driving 14 years using my right leg but lately have been missing the brake pedal sometimes. I'm trying to figure out if I should use hand controls. Currently I'm driving like an old man - leaving lots of space so that if I do miss the brake pedal I've got time to find it before needing to stop.
                      Find a local driving evaluator and go of a drive with them.

                      They will help you figure out what works best for your needs and get you properly licensed to drive with hand controls if your state requires it.

                      If you have no trouble with the gas a brake only hand control might be a good choice.

                      They typically have a vehicle set up with different types of controls for you to try.

                      Jim

                      Jim
                      Jim, MA, MMET
                      Bridgewater, MA

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                        #12
                        Thanks again to everyone for their input. I went through a driver's evaluation and decided to get the Viegel 4220 Compact hand controls - got them installed yesterday. I'm still accelerating with my feet but feel safe now stopping using the hand control to brake. In Florida the dealer wouldn't install them without the driver's evaluation and I've got to get the hand controls added to my license. So, it is quite a long process.
                        T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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