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Custom-built car controls

Rica's consumer information, aimed at older and disabled people, is based on independent research, the experiences of consumers and experts and is completely unbiased.

Custom-built car controlsWoman driving car with joysticks

  • complete control systems can be built around you.
  • include devices to help you into the car as well as driving controls chosen and tailored to fit you.
  • electronic ('fly by wire') accelerator, brake and steering controls can be mounted anywhere and can be controlled by any part of your body where you have enough movement and control.
  • Remote keypads to select gears or control secondary functions can be mounted anywhere or combined with primary-control joysticks.
  • Secondary controls can be operated using head switches, suck-and-blow tubes or other input devices.
  • find out about safety and adapted vehicles here

Primary-control joysticks

  • allow you to steer, brake and accelerate with a single joystick, which can be placed in any position that suits you.
  • You push the joystick from side to side to steer, pull it back to accelerate and push it forwards to brake.
  • gives speed-sensitive steering, which adjusts the action and feel of the joystick to your speed making parking and manoeuvring easier. Switch the system off if someone else is driving.

Interior of car with mobility adaptations

  • systems are expensive and have to be specially adapted to suit you.
  • get an assessment to see if they work for you, and to have them designed correctly around your abilities.
  • you'll need plenty of time to practise and some specialist driving instruction.
  • a local Mobility Centre will be able to give advice, provide an assessment and help you find a suitable instructor.

Get local advice from a Mobility Centre and find car adaptation suppliers here


Last updated: June 2017

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