Why Do They Call It a Glove Compartment in a Car?


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Glove compartments are so named because, in the early days of automobiles, it was common to keep a pair of gloves for driving inside them. Early automobiles offered drivers no protection from the weather, and it was common for intrepid motorists to travel wearing hats, goggles and gloves.

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The glove compartment first appeared on horseless carriages made by Packard circa 1900, and by the 1930s, most automobile manufacturers had made it a standard feature. Though many items have been held in glove compartments throughout the history of automobiles, they acquired the name due to the regularity of gloves being kept inside.

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