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4 Clothing Items Every Mechanic Needs in an Auto Career

Published on May 14, 2020 by in Blog

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As an auto mechanic, success isn’t just about having on-the-job knowhow — it’s about dressing the part, too. Not only will you look more professional dressing like a proper mechanic, you’ll be wearing the clothing items necessary to do the job. 

While you may be provided certain items when you work in a shop, you can also expect to buy other items on your own. With the right clothing and equipment on hand, you’ll be ready to get jobs done quickly and effectively. Here are four pieces of clothing that are a must for any auto mechanic.

Gloves: Essential Whenever You Need to Get Your Hands Dirty

Any mechanic is going to need to have a solid pair of gloves available to wear on the job, as this will help protect their hands from getting blisters while using tools. With rubber grips on the gloves’ palms, mechanics are able to protect themselves as much as possible while working with their hands at the shop. 

Gloves can protect you from blisters while working with your hands

Gloves can protect you from blisters while working with your hands

Gloves can also help prevent injury if the mechanic encounters hot components of a car. Some gloves (e.g. nitrile gloves) are even designed to protect mechanics from contact with oils, chemicals, and transmission liquid.

Coveralls: A Uniform for Even the More Dangerous Mechanic Jobs

Those doing their auto mechanic training can surely understand the importance of coveralls. As a jumpsuit that you wear over your everyday clothes, coveralls provide mechanics with head-to-toe protection from fluid leakages and oils, thanks in large part to their flame-resistant fabric. Not only are coveralls durable and comfortable to wear, but they can also help a mechanic feel more secure and comfortable in situations where they need to get down and dirty.

Trousers: Just as Important in Your Auto Career as Shirts or Coveralls

Mechanics who prefer working while wearing a button-up shirt and trousers rather than coveralls certainly know why a good pair of trousers is important while in the shop. Made with both synthetic and natural fibres, trousers are an important part of a mechanic’s uniform thanks to their durability, as well as their relative freedom of movement compared to coveralls. This is recommended for mechanics who want more breathability while performing the more physical tasks associated with the job.

Caps: Keeping Your Head Safe and Keeping You Focused

Another key piece of clothing to wear regularly during your auto career is a cap. There are many reasons why it’s an important piece of a mechanic’s get-up, mainly that it protects them from sunlight should they find themselves working outdoors. 

Wearing a cap also helps the mechanic stay shielded from any objects (such as dirt) that may land on their head while working. While it may not give you as much protection as a hard hat, it’s certainly a must for any aspiring mechanic looking for an extra source of security.

A cap can help protect you from objects falling onto your head

A cap can help protect you from objects falling onto your head


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