Handicap accessible driving is constantly changing and upgrading with the times, as vehicles become more technologically advanced accessible driving aids have been keeping up. For those individuals who have limited mobility from a stroke, medical condition, or amputation many times the easiest solution is to utilize a left foot accelerator. If you are reading this article and are looking to see what accessible driving solutions would work well for you, locate your local mobility dealer at the BLVD. The mobility dealer will help guide you to a service that can explain local regulations that may be required for any adaptive driving equipment you may need.
Left foot accelerators redirect the accelerator pedal to a position on the left side of the brake pedal, allowing someone who has loss of use to their right leg the ability to gas and brake safely. A left foot accelerator may be an appropriate solution for someone with a temporary loss of use as well, but check with your local mobility dealer as some states may require a certification to operate a vehicle with a modified accelerator pedal.
Standard left foot accelerators mount to the floor of the vehicle and usually utilize a guard to prevent the original accelerator pedal from being pressed on accident. With this style it allows for quick removal of the pedal for another individual to drive utilizing the original accelerator pedal. There is a new style that is electronic and does not require removal of any devices. This system is operated with a key, when the key is turned on only the left accelerator pedal functions. When the key is off, the original accelerator functions. This allows only the individual who needs to use the left foot accelerator to take the key with them, which creates a much safer solution when allowing a mechanic or valet to operate a vehicle. Other electronic devices also have a delay system, if the pedal is not depressed in a specified time frame once the vehicle is started the original accelerator pedal will be the only pedal that is activated.
Once it has been determined that a left foot accelerator is the best choice for your mobility needs you will want to have a certified technician install the equipment.
The BLVD can help you locate a certified mobility dealer near you, so you know the equipment is being installed correctly. Vehicle styles for electronic left foot accelerators may vary depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle; your local mobility dealer will be able to verify compatibility. The world of handicap accessible driving is always changing, and here at the BLVD we strive to keep people informed of those changes!