Control of car

Modification for accelerator and brake as well as for control of the steering wheel – make it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to drive

User at the wheel
User at the wheel

Description
The steering wheel has a special handle shaped as a lever for the right hand, which the user holds, and a cradle that supports the wrist. There is a counterweight on the opposite side of the wheel. The user has a weak elbow extensor that makes it difficult for her to turn the steering wheel with her elbow extended. The counterweight helps her do so without strain.
She uses her left hand manipulate an extended lever that controls the accelerator and brake. Her wrist is stabilized by a three-point cradle.

Users comments
From the beginning after the injury, the user had neither triceps nor thumb function. Following hand surgery she now has weak elbow extensor function and a weak active grasp by bending her thumb.

Made by
Hedemora Anpassning (modifications) which today is part of Permobil, www.permobil.com (last checked May 2017).

Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Whose idea
Hedemora Anpassning

This tip is from 2011

Steering wheel with steering handle and counterweight
Steering wheel with steering handle and counterweight
Steering wheel with steering handle and counterweight
Steering wheel with steering handle and counterweight

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Tipsare: Yasmin

Yasmin lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1999 and has a C-5 tetraplgia. Through hand surgery her grip function improved. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 hours of those are assistance on call.