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    Broken my right ankle, need hand operated accelerator system, any suggestions?

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    Not sure what car you have, but all the after market ones are going to be fairly expensive.

    The only other way is to cobble up something home made which is not going to be a 5 minute job, and trying to achieve with a broken ankle is only going to take longer.

    Out on the highway you can use cruise control which will work above 40 Km/h.

    Be interesting what others come up with.
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    Automatic transmission no issue
    From personal experience, tuck right leg under seat
    Use left foot with cruise control.
    Need to practise, pay attention to all road rules.
    Manual transmission not possible with this

    Check out V8 Super car pedal action https://youtu.be/qdWSyrqEnE4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breitie View Post
    Broken my right ankle, need hand operated accelerator system, any suggestions?
    Get a motorbike
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Get a motorbike
    Still need right foot for the rear brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Still need right foot for the rear brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    Automatic transmission no issue
    From personal experience, tuck right leg under seat
    Use left foot with cruise control.
    Need to practise, pay attention to all road rules.
    What's the legality of doing this ? Anyone know ? I have a mate who is developing a dicky right foot, and he tells me he has started using his left foot to brake and accelerate with. (Obviously it's automatic).
    He hasn't told his doctor because he doesn't want to lose his licence or get forced into a run-around with medicos, licencing and double-checking he can drive using leftie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Get a motorbike
    One broken ankle is enough, thank you!

    The old way to convert a car for disabled person used a twist grip (as per motorbike hand throttle) on a bar mounted out right hand side of upper steering column, with a pivot which allowed the brake to be pressed by pushing the lever down.
    Do you still have the Scenic, Breitie? My series I Scenic has a cable operated electronic throttle module, strange I know, but probably done for RHD vehicles. Anyway, shouldn't be too hard for a disabled vehicle converter to hook up twist grip throttle, but I guess this might be a bit costly.
    Legalities aside.

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    If it's an auto, why not remove the footrest and add a second accelerator pedal on the left side of the brake pedal.
    You might also need the narrower brake pedal from a manual version.
    You can mechanically couple the two accelerator pedals together so the move in unison.
    Cars for Driving schools have been coupling pedals together for the instructor and learner for many years.
    May take a bit to get used to using the left leg for the throttle but it can't be any worse then getting used to a hand throttle.
    Not a lot of space for hand grips on most cars these days.
    Should be relatively easy to convert back again when the leg heals.
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    I might be missing something, but I can't see where it has been volunteered, or even asked, what type of car this is for, and what year model.

    Seems that everyone assumes it is for a cable-operated throttle. These days, most cars have fly-by-wire, which have intricate sensors, sometimes 2 of them which have to agree to within very fine tolerances, which would be impossible to replicate by hand or a second pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Get a motorbike
    Ha ha funny, Mr. jo proffi, I have one, but still need the right foot for the brake. Also have a scooter which, like a bicycle, has all the controls on the handlebars and can be ridden without the use of feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman View Post
    One broken ankle is enough, thank you!

    The old way to convert a car for disabled person used a twist grip (as per motorbike hand throttle) on a bar mounted out right hand side of upper steering column, with a pivot which allowed the brake to be pressed by pushing the lever down.
    Do you still have the Scenic, Breitie? My series I Scenic has a cable operated electronic throttle module, strange I know, but probably done for RHD vehicles. Anyway, shouldn't be too hard for a disabled vehicle converter to hook up twist grip throttle, but I guess this might be a bit costly.
    Legalities aside.

    Good luck.
    Regrettably Mr. Fordman, I no longer have the venerable Scenic but a Koleos instead. I have bought a twist grip for a motorcycle with a wire cable off a bicycle brake that should be simple to rig up. I have also considered a brake lever off a bicycle that should be even simpler to cobble together. Incidentally, my electric mobility scooter (yes, I have one of those too) has a simple lever, similar to a brake lever, as an accelerator - however, if one is used to ride a bicycle or a motorbike that is very dangerous as one instinctively pulls that lever in an emergency intending to stop but instead shooting forward. Don't ask me how I know that!
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    Bring on driverless cars
    No more dilemma for disabled persons
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    Bring on driverless cars
    No more dilemma for disabled persons

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    Bush Mechanic returns after 30 secs thought.

    Screw a pulley to floor under accelerator.

    Attaching string to pedal, thread through pulley and instant hand throttle.

    Left foot braking easy

    1 Minute to install

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breitie View Post
    Ha ha funny, Mr. jo proffi, I have one, but still need the right foot for the brake. Also have a scooter which, like a bicycle, has all the controls on the handlebars and can be ridden without the use of feet.
    Well there's your answer.....Ride the scooter. Just don't lean to the right when stopped

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    Bush Mechanic returns after 30 secs thought.

    Screw a pulley to floor under accelerator.

    Attaching string to pedal, thread through pulley and instant hand throttle.

    Left foot braking easy

    1 Minute to install
    Thank you Mr. driven for this brilliant and unbelievably simple solution. I never thought of that. Will do it without delay.

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