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Hand Controls V Left Foot Controls

Hand Controls V Left Foot Controls

A relapse last November left me with significant right foot weakness. I use a walker and a brace for walking, and am currently not allowed to drive because of this impairment. It looks as if I am not going to regain enough strength/mobility/coordination in my right foot/ankle/leg to drive.

I am curious about how people decided between left foot controls and hand controls. I can take lessons and tests with either, but I have to choose one of them. I'm not sure which would be better, or any… read more

posted over 8 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member Mine Mennox cost $2000. The SureGrip are a bit cheaper - $1500. These are the prices in Edmonton, Alberta, I have no idea if they are more or less in another place. Also, you need to consider whether your vehicle will work with them, and how much you want to spend in relation to the longevity of your vehicle. These considerations made purchasing a different vehicle a requirement for me.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member Another consideration about the Mennox versus the SureGrip is that you can get a bunch of extras attached to the control - such as wipers, turn signals, horn, and so on. The more things that you add the more it costs, but the more functional the hand control is - because you can do those things without letting go of the controller. This is not possible with the SureGrip because it does not have that ability. This is also why it is more difficult to take it out and install it in a different vehicle - because it is connected to the wiring of the car, where the SureGrip isn't. That's also why it is more expensive.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member The short answer to your questions is it depends. It is a permanent installation, but they can be removed when you sell the vehicle. The way the Mennox is installed makes it difficult to put in a different vehicle - because they have to customize it to fit the vehicle. There was no need to do any big alterations to my vehicle with the Mennox, whereas the SureGrip would have required them to cut apart the dash. So I would recommend that you speak with the vendor before you choose which ones you get. The installer was able to look at the vehicle and recommend which would work best. I also like the Mennox better for the look in the vehicle.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

The Mennox are permanent controls correct? Does it do any damage putting them into the car for resale?

posted over 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member I got the Mennox, and I am very happy with it. The hand controls are better than a left foot control for a few reasons: first, they don't prevent someone else from driving the car with the pedals (the left foot control is a left foot only conversion); second, you can rent a car with hand controls, and you can't with left foot controls; and third, they are way easier to learn how to use - especially, if you have (like me) driven other vehicles that use hand controls (pallette jacks, forklifts, motorcycles, jet skis, boats, etc). I like the Mennox over the Sure-Grip for a couple of reasons. First, it looks better in the car. Second, the brake lock means that I can let go of the brake at a set of lights in order to do anything else with my hand. Third, the tilt and telescoping functions of my steering wheel are still functional making it easier to get in and out of the car. Also, the distance between the top of the seat and the bottom of the steering wheel doesn't matter because the Mennox doesn't run under the steering wheel (it is a right hand control - so spinner knob on the left). In Alberta, you can only use hand controls and a spinner knob if you have the correct designations on your license, and they have to be installed in your vehicle by one of the approved vendors - so no internet portable ones allowed here. The Mennox was more expensive than the Sure-Grip, but I'm very happy with it, and with the ability to drive again!

posted over 7 years ago
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