Designed to aid one handed steering, this adaptation also assists drivers with limited arm or shoulder strength and reduces the force required to steer. Steering aids can be used independently or in conjunction with hand controls or a left foot accelerator.
There are four steering aid options: fixed steering ball, quick release steering ball, quick release steering peg and quick release tetra grip. The most commonly used steering aid is the steering ball but any option can be chosen depending on driver preference.
The most commonly used steering aid, the steering ball is grasped from the front using a partially clenched hand. Available in fixed or quick release versions.
The steering peg is gripped from the side using a partially clenched hand. Available as quick release only.
The tetra grip is controlled by placing the wrist between two adjustable supports and placing the fingers around the peg. Available as quick release only.
The quick release mechanism is operated by pushing in the pin at the back of the clamp and sliding out the grip.
The clamp stays in place on the wheel but it allows for the protruding grip to be removed. This is especially preferable if there are multiple drivers of the same vehicle, some who use the steering aid, and some who do not.
It is important that when inserting the ball, peg or tetra grip back in to the quick release clamp that you press the pin in again to ensure full engagement.
You may choose the position of the steering aid to suit your requirements although there may be some restrictions depending on the shape and design of the steering wheel on the vehicle you choose. The steering aid would not be able to be fitted inline with any spokes or protruding hand grips.
If the steering aid is being used independently it is usually fitted on the users stronger side. The steering aid may also be used in conjunction with hand controls. In this case, it will generally be fitted on the opposite side to the hand controls. Hand controls are ordinarily fitted for right hand use, therefore the steering aid would be operated with the left hand.
The most common place for a steering aid to be fitted is on the upper part of the steering wheel. This is because the starting motion when turning will generally be down and around rather than pushing upwards. Many drivers find that having the upwards motion at the beginning of the turn can put more strain on their arm and shoulder, especially when driving around town.
Please ensure you inform your installer before they carry out the work if you have a specified position for the steering aid to be fitted.