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    Quadriplegics & driving

    I went for a periodic assessment today and need some new ideas how to work the turn signals (indicators) while one hand accelerates or brakes and the other steers. I don't want to move my hand out of the U grip.

    Any ideas from other quads who drive who have no hand function, only tenodesis?
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    i dont use any hand thing on the wheel or hand control. i just bump turn signal up/down, no biggie......reg mpd hgand control
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    AO, have you ever considered tendon transfers?


    Onward and upward,

    Chris

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    i have regular hand controls and just learned to slap the thing quickly lol gl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AO View Post
    I went for a periodic assessment today and need some new ideas how to work the turn signals (indicators) while one hand accelerates or brakes and the other steers. I don't want to move my hand out of the U grip.

    Any ideas from other quads who drive who have no hand function, only tenodesis?
    Digitone elbow switch.

    Mine is mounted on driver door. My right hand is in tri-pin on steering wheel. My left hand is in tri pin for EGB. With the digitone elbow switch, I control turn signals, wipers, horn, etc.

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    i have a "rocker" on the tri-pin grip on my gas/break cane... flip the rocker left or right to engage that light...hand never leave the grip

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    I have regular hand controls. Because the turn signal lever for both my vehicles is above where I grasp the control, I can give it a quick nudge with my wrist without completely taking my hand off the control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    I have regular hand controls. Because the turn signal lever for both my vehicles is above where I grasp the control, I can give it a quick nudge with my wrist without completely taking my hand off the control.
    me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps View Post
    i dont use any hand thing on the wheel or hand control. i just bump turn signal up/down, no biggie......reg mpd hgand control
    How do you hold the steering wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Chappell View Post
    AO, have you ever considered tendon transfers?


    Onward and upward,

    Chris
    Hi Chris, I'm hopefully seeing a guy for an assessment on Friday. I'm just terrified of surgery, then recovery as well.

    Did you find the extra grip made all the difference for driving?
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