Gabriel Lagos – Driving Instructor – Driving Matters Pty Ltd
Thank you for facilitating the fitting of Fadiel driving equipment in our training vehicle. We have been using them since December last year and have had a very positive response from our clients.
For the past 25 years, Specialized Driver Training has been a prime provider of driver training for people with special needs, including a large percentage of clients requiring modifications to their vehicles when their physical ability to drive has been compromised by illness or because of an accident.
Some of the common adaptions we use include spinner knobs to facilitate steering and left foot accelerators for clients unable to use their right foot in an automatic vehicle. For spinal injuries, in the past, the most common equipment was the Monarch hand controls. These controls are physically connected to the brake and accelerator pedals, enabling the driver to operate those controls with one hand while steering with the other. Whilst this type of equipment is very useful for a number of people, it has restrictions when there is a lack of coordination or when the client does not have enough strength to operate the controls safely.
Since using the Fadiel combined accelerator and brake, together with the Satellite accelerator in our training vehicle, we have had a significant increase of clients who otherwise would have been unable to drive using the conventional equipment. Driving with the new Fadiel hand controls makes these clients feel confident knowing they can manage this equipment easily and drive the vehicle safely. The quality and service provided by your installers is also very professional and the support from your organisation is excellent.
The ease of operation of this equipment is remarkable, having an electronic accelerator requires little or no effort to operate and the fact that the acceleration is automatically switched off when the brake is applied gives an extra measure of safety. Being able to have two hands on the wheel while using the Satellite accelerator also gives drivers with limited strength the chance to drive for longer periods without experiencing fatigue.
Congratulations Paul for providing our special-needs drivers the opportunity to use this state-of-the-art assistive equipment in addition to the other additional driving aids that your company offers to the disabled driver community.