Last reply 1 week ago
Driving

Am about to switch from a normal car to hand controls due to progressive leg weakness. Have had some lessons but interested to know how people cope with the transition. Trying to decide whether I switch or give up. X

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rogersouthall
1 week ago

ruthyb, I drive an automatic Ford Eco with hand control, I can accelerate, brake and indicate using my hand, it is my right leg that has complete drop foot, I have freedom and the ease of getting around, it is awesome
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ruthyb
1 week ago

Thank you.


bullman
1 week ago

@ruthyb

I went from manual to automatic to hand control to not driving. Progression took Its toll.


ruthyb
1 week ago

How did you find the change to hand controls?


stumbler
1 week ago

@ruthyb. I use hand controls.

I found the transition to hand controls similar to the transition from manual to automatic. On that earlier transition, I went to put my left foot on the clutch, which I no longer had, and did an emergency stop that I wasn’t expecting! I never made that mistake again!

When I Switched to hand controls, at the first junction, I accelerated instead of braked. Something that I recognised instantaneously and corrected. I never made that mistake again either!

So, just be wary and go and practice in a quiet neighbourhood. You brain will very quickly adapt.


ruthyb
1 week ago

Thank you. Your experience is reassuring. Feels like a huge transition at the moment even though my lessons have gone well and my instructor thinks I will adapt ok.


stumbler
1 week ago

@ruthyb , I didn’t have any trials or practices. I just collected the car and drove away.

Although, at that time, I could use my feet too, so I could switch from hands to feet and vice versa. But, I was totally hand controls after 1 or 2 days.

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