What Do You Wear When You Drive?

Do you have some special article of clothing you wear when you drive? If you look in the catalogs for people who like to drive cars (you know who you are), you will see all kinds of accessories aimed at drivers. Driving moccassins, driving gloves, branded sunglasses, all these things can be found in car catalogs. They all make sense if you are the sort of person who wants to feel like you’re maximizing the driving experience. But every once in a while you see something all little different. Have you ever seen a car where a woman is driving while wearing a set of sleeve over her arms?

The first time I saw it I was confused for about an 1/8 of second. And then it hit me: the driver is protecting her arms from the sun. It may seem funny to you, but you need to remember some people are really not interested in getting tan. They put energy into reducing or controlling the amount of sun they get for that very purpose. Protecting your skin from the sun is a good thing; if you spend a lot of time driving in the sun your arms will definitely need protecting. I have at least one client who is a dermatologist and he tinted his car windows for that very reason.

So, as “a window tint guy,” my initial reaction, when I saw the driving sleeves, was exactly what you might expect: Jeez, get your window tinted. But then I got to thinking. Not all of us get to choose what car we want, when we want. So if you’re driving someone else’s car (or a company car or a rental car) on a regular basis, and you can’t make the decision about the window tinting, the sleeves are actually a good way to go. They’re sure not going to hurt you.

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