Last reply 10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

Thank you.


bullman
10 months ago

@ruthyb

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


ruthyb
10 months ago

How did you find the change to hand controls?


stumbler
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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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