From hand controls, steering aids, to extension levers, adaptive equipment can transform the way you drive, keeping you safe and in control behind the wheel.

What kinds of adaptive braking equipment are available?

There are many types of braking equipment for someone with mobility limitations. A particularly useful piece of equipment for individuals that drive from their wheelchair or transfer seat is the electric parking brake, which gives the driver complete control of the power brake through a toggle switch. It is available for cars, vans and trucks. Another piece of braking equipment is the parking-brake extension lever. This lever attaches to a foot-operated parking brake in order to adapt it to hand use. A pedal block, which can be used for the gas and the brake, guards against inadvertent engagement of gas or brake due to a spasm.

What types of driving equipment can be used for by people in a wheelchair?

A hand clutch control is perfect for drivers with weakness or loss of use in the left leg only, and a quad hand control is designed for quadriplegic drivers with little wrist or hand strength. It consists of an extra L-shaped attachment and is used with a dimmer switch and horn button.

Finally, pedal extensions are used when a driver’s legs are not long enough to reach the gas and brake pedals. These pedals are often used together with a false floor in order to rest the heels while operating the vehicle.

How do I purchase these acceleration and braking products?

Determining what type of equipment you need to drive your vehicle is entirely based on your mobility needs. Consulting an accredited Quality Assurance Program mobility dealer can help you decide what kind of acceleration and braking equipment is right for you. It’s vital to work with a mobility professional you can trust. These Quality Assurance Program accredited specialists can help you get behind the wheel and out on the open road in a wheelchair accessible vehicle custom built for your unique needs.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

10 responses to “Acceleration and Braking: Unlock Comfort and Control in Your Accessible Vehicle

  1. dear sir i just don’t know why i have to receive a hard time about asking for a van because i am not missing a foot or hand . sir i have permint nerve damage from my navy days and this is not from the navy but i had a mrsa virous and it took my right eye to where i can’t see your face and even thow i use a walker i am still off balance from that virous and i was in the va hospital for two months sir i have a motor rise wheel chair and all i use it for is to go to the mailbox

  2. Need information on hand controls for my Mercedes gl-450
    Need dealer for installation for 08008 area code

  3. Yes , need a dealer installation for gas and brake peddle for 2016 sorento LX/L,my location Bryan, Tx 77803. Can you help ? Thanks a bunch for your time,tommy

    1. Hi Tommy,

      The nearest NMEDA dealer to you is Adaptive Driving Access. We recommend giving them a call for assistance. Their number is (713) 874-9100.

  4. I am a recent right lower leg amputee that would like to get back to driving. I am actually in need of a car with disability modifications due to the amputation. Any help you can give in this effort will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Lateefah,

      Visit the Dealer Locator here to find a NMEDA dealer near you. They will guide you through the process of purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle that’s customized to your needs.

  5. Good day!

    I am looking for a NMEDA dealer in Florida. I live in Homestead, Florida 33030 area and my daughter had a stroke before she was born which she has permanent right side damage from. She is interested in driving but I need to find out what needs to be done with the car in order for her to drive. Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      The closest NMEDA dealer to you would be MobilityWorks. Here is their contact information:

      8415 SW 129 Terrace
      Miami, FL 33156
      Phone: (305) 234-0071

  6. I am looking for a NMEDA dealer in Africa. I live in Dar es Salaam City and I own a car but I cannot drive it because I am physically disabled, hind limbs, I use underarm crutches to walk. I am interested in driving. Thank you for your time.