There are many types of driving devices available that require minimum effort for steering or are designed especially for quadriplegics, those with prosthesis and those with limited grip strength. Some are customized according to individual needs.
Steering Column Extension
Brings the steering wheel 2 -6″ closer to the wheelchair driver. It provides extra leg room and compensates for reduced range of movement.
Deep-Dish Steering Wheel
Brings the steering wheel rim approximately 4″ closer to the wheelchair driver and is normally used with a low-effort steering system. It improves wheelchair accessibility to the steering wheel and lessens the range of steering motion.
Foot Steering Control
Transfers hand control to foot operation. Auxiliary and secondary vehicle controls are also adapted to foot operation.
Horizontal Steering Column
A motorized, telescoping steering column customized for those who experience limited arm strength and range of motion and those who cannot use a conventional steering wheel.
Low Effort and Zero Effort Steering
Low effort reduces the effort to steer by approximately 40%. Zero effort reduces the effort by approximately 70%.
One Hand Drive Control System
Designed for people with limited or no use of lower extremities but good strength in one arm and hand. Its main component is a knob through which steering, brake, and throttle are activated.
For drivers who must steer with one hand. They come in a variety of configurations including an amputee ring, knob, “quad-steering cuff,” palm grip, tri-pin and v-grip.
Supports people with reduced grip function. Thanks to the support of the back of the hand the hand stays safely in place and enables secure control of the vehicle.
To find a company that manufactures these products, visit http://www.nmeda.com/what-to-buy/steering-aids/. You can also ask your mobility equipment dealer for other options.
This mobility safety update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? Contact a NMEDA dealer in your local area. Your local NMEDA member is an expert in mobility equipment and accessibility