FAQs for Hand Controls


Hand Controls Faqs

Frequently asked questions about driving a vehicle with hand controls.

What types of adaptive driving equipment are available?

The technology for driving controls is expanding every day.  From basic mechanical hand controls to hi-tech drive-by-wire systems, there is equipment to fit a wide range of needs.  Whether you’re exploring various lift options available, looking to learn about hand controls and adaptive seating options, or simply want to browse all available equipment, visit our equipment page to learn more about the adaptive driving options that are available to you. Or talk to a mobility specialist to learn about the options available to get you back on the road!

Can I convert my existing vehicle to be wheelchair accessible?

Check out our resource page to learn more about the conversion of an existing vehicle.

*While consumers can have their own vehicle converted or purchase an approved vehicle and have it converted, we do not recommend this! If you would like to explore this option, talk to a mobility dealer near you before purchasing a vehicle. Do not ask a regular dealership. It is very important to talk to your local mobility dealer prior to any purchase to ensure that the application will work with the vehicle you plan to purchase.

What if I want to change vehicles?

Many hand controls can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle with the correct mounting kit. The only exception is the drive-by-wire systems. Be sure to talk with your local Mobility Resource Dealer before transferring your hand controls.

I had a stroke. Can hand controls help me?

Yes. Many stroke victims have returned to driving with the aid of hand controls, which can be adapted for use by the side of the body unaffected by the stroke. A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) and your local Mobility Resource Dealer can evaluate you to determine which controls you need in order to drive safely.

Are there hand controls available for my vehicle?

Driving controls are available for most vehicles, including cars, minivans and full-size vans, pickup trucks, SUVs, crossover vehicles and wagons. However, the type of controls you need may not be available for ALL vehicles. Talk with your local Mobility Resource Dealer before making any vehicle purchase to find out what works best for you

Can someone else drive my vehicle if I install hand controls?

Usually, yes. Most hand controls are designed so that they won’t interfere with the regular operation of the vehicle. You or your loved one can alternately drive the vehicle safely and comfortably. Only the most advanced drive-by-wire systems eliminate the ability to operate the vehicle in the standard fashion. Talk with your local Mobility Resource Dealer before making any vehicle purchase to discuss your particular needs as well as those of others who will be driving the vehicle.

How do I know what type of hand controls I need?

A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) is trained to evaluate your situation and determine the best equipment for your needs. You can find specialist near you through ADED, the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, or through a Mobility Resource Dealer. They will be able to write a prescription for the car hand controls you need to safely operate your vehicle. The CDRS will also provide the proper training on the equipment to make sure you are comfortable being on the road again.

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