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Overcoat While Driving

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Normally when I drive, I take my suit coat or sport coat off and hang it up on a hanger in the backseat so that I don't get it all wrinkled while driving. However, now that it's getting cold, I'm going to be wearing an overcoat over my suit coat. What do you do with the overcoat/suit coat while you are driving? Do you keep both on? Do you take both off and hang them up in the back seat? Do you take one off and leave the other one on?
 

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Grrrrrreat question, odoreater! My garage is heated, so I'm able to get myself organized, before getting into my car. Usually, I hang my coat and jacket up, just as you describe. Between heated seats, and the climate control, I'm more than comfortable. However . . . if I'm outside in the cold, everything stays on. I just jump in the car, and go . . . can't risk catching pneumonia, to stave off wrinkles.
 

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I am in and out of the car all day so I tend to hang my jacket to keep it nice. With winter I find that the time standing to take on and off my overcoat would defeat the purpose of the coat keeping me warm so I leave it on. The only problem is that the coat sometimes rubs on the bottom of the car as I sit down and I get salt on the bottom of the coat. Not good.
 

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Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
Grrrrrreat question, odoreater! My garage is heated, so I'm able to get myself organized, before getting into my car. Usually, I hang my coat and jacket up, just as you describe. Between heated seats, and the climate control, I'm more than comfortable. However . . . if I'm outside in the cold, everything stays on. I just jump in the car, and go . . . can't risk catching pneumonia, to stave off wrinkles.

Yeah, I see how it wouldn't really be a problem if you garage your car. Unfortunately, I have to park mine outside, so it's really cold when I get out in the morning. I may just get one of those remote starters so that I can get my car nice and toasty before I get in there. Then, I'd only be cold for the couple of seconds it takes me to take my coats off and hang them up, and then again when I have to get out at work and put them back on.
 

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Good idea, odoreater. Do NOT, get into the habit of taking coats and jackets off, in freezing cold weather, just for wrinkles' sake . . . you'll wear down your resistance. By the time you're my age, it will haunt you. Trust me.
 

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Thanks for the advice Ivan. Maybe I'll just hang all my suit coats in my office and just wear the overcoat. That way, I have the suit coats when I need them and I can just keep the overcoat on when I'm walking back and forth to my car (unless I have to go to court or a deposition or something, in which case I'd have to wear my suitcoat).
 

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Great idea. I have done that, myself . . .
 

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I had to work in the past on a subsidiary where you get down to -10°C ( 14 °F )

I went there in the morning and leaved at 5pm... somedays the snow litteraly covered the car...

So I had to un-bury the car from the snow first, then start it and as you can imagine.. the car needed some time to get warm...

Imposible to take out the overcoat in that situation....

however is unconfortable to drive wearing a jacket and overcoat... And also is very hard to get your coats off while driving...

what a nightmare...
 

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I find it very tricky to drive with an overcoat on.
 

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I brought this up a while back, and took a lot of, ahem, heat for it. I guess that's what you get for bringing up an overcoat in March.

Of course, I don't wear a suit to work anymore, so the question is moot for me. Still wear the overcoat on occasion.
 

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Generally I take the coat and jacket off and leave them of the passenger seat... but if it's really cold and the car's taking a while to warm up, then I'll keep them on. No sense suffering in the cold!
 

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I keep my overcoat on. Obviously, it is colder here in Canada, and my garage is unheated and I park outside at work.

I usually have to unbutton the bottom one or two buttons to sit down in the car though.
 

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I take my overcoat and suit jacket off while driving. Overcoat, especially longer one, is just too restrictive and suit jacket gets too wrinkled. It does get cold around here but I have a heater in my car, but even without that couple of minutes of -20 degrees Celsius don't usually kill anyone
 

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