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Custom-built car controls
- complete control systems can be built around you.
- include devices to help you into the car as well as driving controls chosen and tailored to fit you.
- electronic ('fly by wire') accelerator, brake and steering controls can be mounted anywhere and can be controlled by any part of your body where you have enough movement and control.
- Remote keypads to select gears or control secondary functions can be mounted anywhere or combined with primary-control joysticks.
- Secondary controls can be operated using head switches, suck-and-blow tubes or other input devices.
- find out about safety and adapted vehicles here
- allow you to steer, brake and accelerate with a single joystick, which can be placed in any position that suits you.
- You push the joystick from side to side to steer, pull it back to accelerate and push it forwards to brake.
- gives speed-sensitive steering, which adjusts the action and feel of the joystick to your speed making parking and manoeuvring easier. Switch the system off if someone else is driving.
- systems are expensive and have to be specially adapted to suit you.
- get an assessment to see if they work for you, and to have them designed correctly around your abilities.
- you'll need plenty of time to practise and some specialist driving instruction.
- a local Mobility Centre will be able to give advice, provide an assessment and help you find a suitable instructor.
Last updated: June 2017