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From the set of dangers to be considered during the learning tenure to the risks involved in the time it takes to fully get the grasp of the essential skills that are required to pass the driving test – the risks are impending at all times. The learner drivers owing to their inexperience of driving and roadside fear can undertake small errors to potentially life-threatening mistakes.
While the learner driver is practicing along a road, the quickest way to look out for their errors and mistakes is the use of driving pedals. The installation of driving pedals in learner cars enables the instructors to keep a secondary control over the car and it helps them keep both the learners and other road users safe while they are on the roads.
This text will briefly cover the driving pedals cars offered by Gilani Engineering along with the added information that is deemed necessary.
Mostly used by driving instructors, dual control cars consist of additional driving pedals on the passenger’s side of the car apart from the main control pedals on the driver’s side. Dual control driving pedals enable the driving instructors to take over the hold of the car or stop it at any given time using the extra pedals. In this way, the learners have control of the vehicle at all times although not being seated in the driver’s seat.
However, the number of additional driving pedals varies depending upon the transmission mechanism of the vehicle. For a manual transmission car, there are two dual control pedals on the passenger’s side i.e. a brake and a clutch. However, for an automatic transmission car, only a single pedal suffices and that is a brake pedal.
Depending upon the control mechanism, there are again two variants of dual controls that have their own sets of merits and demerits. These two variants are static dual controls and passive dual controls. Gilani Engineering offers a complete range of dual controls to fit your car controls for learning purposes. The names of these variants explain the nature of their control mechanisms explicitly. The static dual control pedals are fixed on the passenger’s seat.
They do not move when the learner driver presses any of the primary pedals. The benefit of the static control is that instructors can concentrate their focus on the road and their learner without having to get affected by the mishandling of the pedals undertaken by the learner driver.
However, if things go south, the instructor will not be able to know instantly in what ways were the pedals mishandled by the learner. This can lead to near-miss incidents and even drastic incidents at night.
In contrast, the passive dual controls, as the name suggests, offer an indirect control to the instructors as the learners use the primary pedals. The passive dual controls move as the main pedals move. This functionality allows the instructor to have a clear idea of how the learner is handling the pedals.
On the downside, the instructor will have a divided concentration since s/he needs to observe the pedals, road, and the learner at the same time. Hence, the decision for the application of dual controls is highly relative to the skills of the learner involved.
Gilani Engineering is an Australian based NDIS approved automotive mobility assistance and vehicle modification service provider. There are a number of products and services available at Gilani Engineering to increase the functional characteristics of your cars be it rendering wheelchair accessible vehicles for physically impaired people or the installation of dual controls on a vehicle for learning to drive purposes.
As for the dual controls' installation, Gilani Engineering offers a complete driving pedals kit for dual control features in a car. The pedal kit is made to fit any vehicle. With small adaptations, you can control the original pedals and intervene or train a learning driver.
In even the most compact cars, the cables can be fitted, due to flexibility and small diameter, for MPV, jeep, bus or truck you use longer cables. The Bowden cable is fitted with a nylon liner to smoothen the use of the inner stainless steel cable that is used to pull on the original pedals.
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