Hand Controls for Your Used Handicap Van
Hand controls are designed to make driving safer as well as more comfortable for people who suffer from mobility issues. One of the major benefits of hand controls in used handicap vans is its ability to allow disabled persons to operate a vehicle independently. Beyond this, hand controls may also be customized and installed to work directly with other adaptive driving controls within your vehicle.
Van Products offers hand controls for all of our used handicap vans in stock. Click here to browse our online inventory of used handicap vans.
Available Types of Hand Controls
When paired with other types of adaptive driving accessories, hand controls are a critical part of a well-integrated adaptive driving system, making mobility seamless when getting into or out of a used handicap van.
At Van Products, we are proud to offer SURE GRIP hand control systems in a variety of modifications to suit the unique mobility needs of each of our customers. Rated as the leading manufacturer for hand controls and driving aids for disabled persons, SURE GRIP features hand controls that can be mounted above or below the steering column as well as to the right or left.
Take a look at some of the available modifications below.
Push/Rock (Left hand)
With this operating system, the operating handle is in a vertical position. The driver eases the handle back to accelerate and pushes forward to brake. The unique rocking motion allows full-range braking and acceleration with minimal hand travel while keeping the hand in a natural position.
Push/Right Angle (Left hand)
The Push/Right Angle design doesn’t pivot or move when the accelerator is applied. The pivot point for the SURE GRIP control is on the left-hand side of the wheel, and only the handle pivots. This type of stationary main body has many benefits for the driver including:
- Increased leg room for getting in and out of the vehicle
- Full acceleration without the control hitting the drivers lap
- Greater 2-handed contact with the steering wheel due to the shortened stroke of the handle
- And More!
Push/Pull (Left hand)
The Push/Pull design features a pivot point on the left-hand side of the wheel close to the handle, which allows for a shorter stroke and greater leverage. Also, the position of the handle is at a slight angle, making it easier for the driver to manage. Additional benefits of SURE GRIP’s unique Push/Pull hand control design include:
- Less strain on fingers and thumb
- Flexible hand positions for lower fatigue and cramping while driving
- The ability for both hands to keep contact with the steering wheel
Push/Twist (Left hand)
The Push/Twist design uses the same motorcycle style acceleration as other Push/Twist control. However, the main difference is that it has an auxiliary handle, which makes the twisting motion easier and allows for longer, more comfortable driving.
Additional benefits include:
- Superior pedal feel, with constant acceleration and no “dead spots”
- Lower fatigue while driving
- Limited modifications to the vehicles dash
- Easier braking
Push/Rock (Right hand)
The Push/Rock design places the operating handle in a vertical position. From here, the driver eases the handle back to accelerate and pushes forward to brake. The unique rocking motion allows full-range braking and acceleration with minimal hand travel. It also keeps the driver's hand in a natural position.
A comprehensive hand control system, like SURE GRIP, allows those with mobility challenges to partake in conventional driving while enjoying a non-intrusive, easy-to-use system, designed with their specific needs in mind.
Whether you're more focused on performance or simple, everyday driving, SURE GRIP hand controls make it possible for our drivers and passengers to travel safely. Read more about our other adaptive driving equipment below.
Adaptive Driving Aids for Improved Mobility
Van Products also offers additional adaptive driving aids for better mobility. Some of these adaptive driving aids are listed below. For more information on any of our adaptive driving aids or hand controls, contact us toll-free at (800) 209-6133 or locally at (919) 238-4597.
Rain-sensing wipers function automatically by using technology that allows the driver to activate the windshield wipers once. After the windshield wipers are activated, they operate off of rain-sensing technology, which allows them to automatically adjust the speed and frequency.
Extensions for Gas and Brake Pedals
Gas and brake pedal extensions decrease the distance between the driver’s foot and the gas/brake pedals. This allows for a more seamless driving experience when operating a used handicap van. Our gas and brake pedal extensions are available in a variety of lengths and can be customized to help you achieve whatever length is necessary to suit your mobility needs.
Back Up Camera Systems & Back Up Sensors
Back up camera systems increase the driver’s visibility behind their vehicle. Van Products offers complete back up camera systems that include rear cameras, so that you can see what is going on behind you. We also offer back up sensors for our used handicap vans, adding yet another layer of protection by alerting drivers of any hidden dangers behind the vehicle.
Depending on where you live or are traveling to, using a parking brake may sometimes be necessary. However, for people with disabilities, the act of pulling and/or depressing a parking brake may not be possible. At Van Products, we offer electric parking brake options that are simple and use one button. Users simply press the button to lock the brake.