• Home
  • About the Use of Dual Controls

About the Use of Dual Controls

The automatic walking step movement of the left hand with the right foot and the right hand with left foot is suited to walking, running, cycling and other sports but not the skill of driving.  It is this automatic movement that causes some drivers to crash head-on, rear-end or side-on as they accelerate in error while failing to steer or brake. 

In 1899, four dual controls were first used by garage salespeople acting as driving instructors who included 2 driving lessons in the price of each car sold, not as a training aid.  In 2019, or 120 years later, the use of dual steering and acceleration is discontinued having caused tuition car crashes.

It is now a requirement of insurance companies that two dual controls must be fitted in all manual tuition cars by National Standards Agency of Ireland NSAI approved fitters.  

Dual controls fitted 5cm from the brake and clutch pedals interfere with the positioning of the driver’s feet.  The RSA claim that the best person to take practise with is a Sponsor and a Sponsor does not have to use dual controls during tuition or be a driver, just have a licence.

The best way of understanding the cordination of the hands and feet which is required for driving safely is to sit on a chair and attempt to rotate a right hand and right foot in opposite direction simulataneously and find, most people cannot do this, but it is required for driving.

Using a dual clutch pedal to teach tasks which may be performed by an automatic car, while using a dual brake pedal to assist a driver with coordination difficulties who accelerates in error while failing to steer or brake and conducting driving tests at a speed of 20 km/h are contradictions.

Dual controls were possibly the greatest mistake since the invention of the motor car and should be declared illegal immediately and drivers trained to operate the original car controls in whatever time it takes.

Driving instructors know during driving tuition which drivers are at high risk of crashing at speed as they prevent the crashing of the tuition car with the dual brake, while pupils go on to crash their own cars at a later stage. 

As drivers MUST be trained in 12 EDT Lessons dual controls MUST remain to protect tuition cars.