Drive-Master’s Reduced Effort OEM Electronic and Hydraulic Steering Modifications
Drive-Master’s Reduced Effort Steering modification boxes and steering racks are available for all vans and most cars with factory power Electronic and Hydraulic steering. All factory power steering units sent to Drive-Master will be modified to low or no effort and return shipped within 24 hours. Standard factory power steering requires approximately 40 ounces of effort to operate. Drive-Master’s steering modifications can reduce the required effort to 20-24 ounces (low effort) or 6-8 ounces (no effort). (These statistics will vary depending on model of car and tire size)
Backup Steering and Battery Systems
Emergency power assisted steering or battery backup if factory power steering system or OEM battery fails. Test circuits are provided which enable customers to check system prior to driving. Audio and visual alarms alert driver to factory power steering failure–backup system instantaneously activates. Hydraulic Backup system has its own 2 quart fluid reservoir (factory steering comes with 1 1/2 pints). Does not require low or no effort steering modification. Backup steering systems for Ford full size vans now come with a fluid cooler to reduce the temperature of the operation
Custom Steering Column Extensions
Drive-Master carries a full line of custom steering systems including steering column extensions. Our bolt on steering column extensions can accommodate any driver’s need and can be custom built to 2″, 4″, 6″ or adjustable.
The Drive-Master steering column extension brings the steering wheel with air bag closer to the client. Usually used in conjunction with a wheelchair driver. O.E.M. functions such as ignition shift lever and turn signal stick remain at the same distance as the O.E.M. when using a Drive-Master steering column extension.
Drive-Master has the capability of manufacturing custom steering column systems for all types of situations. Shown here is a horizontal under construction in a Chevy Tahoe. This is used for persons who can ambulate but have a limited range of motion or other special challenges.
Foot Steering Systems
For those customers without arms or the use of them, the foot steering system is usually combined with sensitized steering and adaptations for other dash controls. Drive-Master understands that most items concerning foot controlled steering need to be customized according to individual needs.
Shown left is a Drive-Master customer’s loafer attached with steering pin to the foot steering wheel. Other customers have requested everything from non-slip pads to roller skate shoes! Ask our professional staff for help deciding what would be the best means to steer your vehicle with your feet.
Drive-Master can install your custom foot steering system. Call us today and speak with one of our salespeople. In a short time Drive-Master will install your custom foot steering system. We recommend mid- to full-sized American cars and some minivans for this modification.
Horizontal Steering Systems
The Drive-Master horizontal steering system is customized to meet the needs of those with high-level spinal cord injuries and all others who experience limited arm strength and range of motion. It is usually used in conjunction with AVEITL hand controls.
- Eliminates the arm-lifting motion normally needed to steer.
- Fully adjustable in all planes.
- Telescopes for maximum driver adjustment and comfort.
- Can be installed on any tilt or non-tilt steering column.
- Does not interfere with the O.E.M. collapsible feature built into the steering column of every vehicle.
- Optional interchangeable system allows conventional steering as well.(Available for Driver Evaluators only)
- Must be used with powered gear selector, electric directional signal, remote ignition, and remote wipers, if equipped.
Steering Wheel Devices
For positive one-hand control of the steering wheel. Remains in a fixed position via two support straps stemming from a fixed base which is attached to the steering wheel. The base’s position along the inside of the steering wheel is adjustable according to the individual’s abilities.
A steering device for drivers with no grip and diminished wrist stability. Also firmly supported by a secure base located along the inside of the steering wheel. Each pin is covered with foam to provide the driver with maximum comfort.
This steering device offers complete support and control for the totally disabled hand and wrist.
Steering device for drivers with minimum grip; stabilizes the driving hand securely. Secured base is also adjustable according to individual abilities.
Palm Grip for Quad Steering
Can be placed at any position on the wheel according to driving prescription and personal comfort. Comes with soft insert. Requires moderate tensor control.
Accommodates most drivers with a prosthetic hook on their steering arms. Made of durable steel and can be placed most locations on the wheel. The prosthesis should have soft surface pinchers.
Single Pin Steering Device
Single pin steering device for the driver with full use of steering hand and arm. Pin is covered with foam to provide the driver with maximum comfort.
All Steering Modifications require an Evaluation by a State C.D.R.S. Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist or you must already have a Restriction on your Driver’s License for Mobility Equipment before we can install any Driving Modifications or Controls in your vehicle. For more information on a CDRS contact your Mobility Consultant at Drive-Master or visit www.aded.net.