For the past six months I have been a fan of driving gloves. I own two pairs of driving gloves: one pair by Massimo Dutti and one Pair by Dents. I will admit they are silly, they are overkill, and they look "out of place" at times, but I love them. I'm not going to get into any "practicality" arguments about the gloves or the "pros" of wearing them I shall only delve into the enhancement they can deliver to the driving experience.
I love cars but more than anything I LOVE driving. That's what cars are for. They are machines that are made for driving. The good ones that conjure emotions from the deepest parts of us FEEL good. A car doesn't have to be quick to make your emotions flair. It doesn't have to be driven fast, it doesn't have to look a certain way, and it doesn't have to sound a certain way. It's all subjective. I have had the biggest laugh from driving a 1992 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It easily had 15 degrees of play in either direction from 12 O'clock before the tires knew you were giving them any input. It's chassis was bumpy, the throttle was anything but linear, the brakes could stop you (once), and the suspension was as absorbent as a soaked sponge. Yet, one of my fondest driving memories was picking up groceries in Saudi Arabia one summer after returning from college and driving that Cherokee. It was like catching up with a best friend. It was a 2 mile drive in each direction and I was in tears from laughing so hard.
I bring this up because it's the little things in a drive that enhance that particular experience, the things you can't quite put your finger on. Driving gloves do that! They somehow add to every driving experience. They make you feel like those driving heroes back when seat belts were an optional extra and helmets were made out of leftover leather from the seats. Additionally they're a tactile value add. That feel of the suede inside, the smell of the leather, and the visual appeal make driving gloves a novelty item that's a big bang for the buck when it comes to driving pleasures.
I'm big on analogies and I'll let this be the first official analogy I use in the site, my first Dani-ism: We don't need chopsticks to eat sushi but they sure as hell add to the experience, don't they?!?!