Sometimes, being an arm amputee is just not what other people think it is. Fucking isn't, really, anyway, but this is such a shining example. A long time ago, I started having a large roll of red sheet rubber at home, an industry size thing. And double sided sticky tape. And stuff like that. Like, an arm amputee whould need that type of stuff. How come "we" - "the" arm amputees - have materials such as that at home? If they do excavations in, say, 50 years, they may find thes things and go "WTF did that guy do with that".
And it remains a valid question for scholars that study us ("us"): you may read all the works of any official apointee about what one has to consider in terms of prostheses - but you will never find any word about sheet rubber and sticky tape as stuff to keep, alongside WD40.
To the best of my knowledge, therefore, you read that here first, too.
So here we go: Subaru dashboard modifications for the benefit of an arm amputee.
My car has a button for hazard lights.
There it is.
You know what comes next, right?
Because when that ("that") moment comes, I will hammer that down.
Hammer it down.
Now, not to make this an overly difficult surprise for you but you sure read the title of this blog? Ayte?
Says what there?
Right, ayte? Says "right", no?
So I do push the hazard light button with my right arm, ayte?
And if everything works out, I drive wearing a Hosmer hook or something along these lines. But you will know that from other blog entries here, I am sure (like, here).
So: the button gets a "condom". For mechanical protection. As there are precedents. I had cars with buttons damaged after too much hook exposure. I even had cars with buttons that were impossible to use as arm amputee: a Mini Cooper (link).
Close-up of harzard light button "condom". This rubber is relatively thick and thus a good protection for the rather delicate plastic button. And a household that does stuff like that can surely afford a bit of rubber here or there.
And while I was at it, I decided to protect the right lower steering wheel spoke as well. There are precedents there, too. Because, I had cars where my hook may have taken out whole chunks of the plastic spokes. The tip of the hooks did it! When driving the German Orderbuhn across Kasseler Berge at some 220 km/h or so and holding on to the steering wheel real well.
Also, you may notice how I placed two (2) steering wheel covers on that steering wheel. Pads it real well. The hook can use its slanted parallel grip and exert easy swivel control on that wheel by being a hook. If you think you can drive curves with a prosthetic hand just as easily, I welcome you to the club of such believers. Trust me, you can't. I tried, too.
So, you see how it all fits together?
Why worry about a prosthetic hand cover when you could go about that subject so much differently.