Push Pull controls are the most common type of hand control for disabled drivers. Designed and engineered to be safe, effective, and comfortable the controls operate both the brake and accelerator pedals using metal rods or cables that are controlled using a simple lever attached to the steering wheel – simple engineering gives you an easy to use, safe, and effective way to control your car.
The rods or cables are concealed, so you don’t have to worry about catching yourself on them as you get in and out of your car, and the pedals remain usable- so it’s still possible to drive without using the Push Pull controls should you share your car with anyone else.
To operate the accelerator, you pull the lever towards you, and to operate the brake you push it away from you. The simple action makes the Push Pull control the first choice of many drivers with disabilities, enabling you to continue to drive your own vehicle without the need to use your feet and legs.
The simple device is suitable for drivers who wish to maintain their independence and ability to drive but are unable to operate the pedals reliably or at all – it’s designed specifically for people with lower limb disabilities. The lever is designed to be comfortable in the hand and easy to use.
We can also add headlight and indicator switches to the lever, allowing you to signal direction changes and react to changing light conditions without having to take your hands off the steering wheel – increasing your safety and security.
Push Pull Hand Controls can be fitted to a wide variety of different vehicles, and you don’t need to have a brand new car to fit Push Pull Hand Controls, as SDL we have experience in installing these driving aids in cars of all ages. We’re constantly adding new makes and models to the list of vehicles we’ve adapted using these controls. To find out if your vehicle is suitable for these driving controls, please get in touch with our team of experts, who will happily provide you with independent and specific advice.
Push Pull Hand Controls are ideal for:
• Drivers who cannot reliably use either leg or foot
• Drivers who have good upper body strength
Simplifies vehicle functions
A single lever operates the brake and accelerator using the hand alone
Suitable for drivers with lower limb disabilities
Suitable for most vehicles
Fitted to many vehicles but get in touch for details on specific models
Operating Push Pull Hand Controls
The Push Pull Controls do require a degree of upper body strength and hand grip to operate, so alternative disability hand controls may be more appropriate if you experience any hand or arm weakness. SDL offer a wide range of driving controls and aids to support disabled drivers with varying needs, including Feeny and Johnson Hand Controls, the Electric Brake and Accelerator, and Radial Hand Controls. If you’d like to get some advice on which controls would be most suitable for your specific needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly and helpful team.