Michael CollinsQ. Do you happen to know if it’s legal or OK to supply your own portable hand controls for use when renting cars? I have heard of people saying that’s what they do, but I have tried more than once and was refused the car rental — they said I could not use my own hand controls. I wonder if not letting them know and using them anyway is a good idea. This is an important issue to me because I use a manual wheelchair and can transfer into most types of vehicles without assistance. But I do need hand controls to drive, and I have them installed in my personal vehicle. I am also independent in other aspects of my life, so running into these roadblocks is especially frustrating. I travel across the continent quite frequently as part of my job, and this is just one of many problems I have encountered with rental car agencies when I arrive at my destinations. Even though that may seem like no big deal to some folks, it can completely take away my ind