One of the things that give me joy is driving. Long ago I wrote a post on it too. Read it here.
Driving is one level, driving in the rain is another altogether. The cool water on your body (in case of a two-wheeler) or watching the water down your front glass is a totally mesmerising experience. Watching the world getting a bath is awesome.
There are two perspectives to this experience. Riding on a two-wheeler and driving in a four-wheeler. I will tell you about both.
I have ridden a two-wheeler for a long time and many times in the rain. Some of them have been heavy downpours. There are a few things that are unique to riding a bike in the rain in India.
- Wearing a raincoat is a must. Preferably use the pant style one. The coat style is useless. I am telling as a user of both. Keep one in the bike at all times, you will have no idea when you will be caught in the rain. If you are caught unawares without your trusty raincoat, then you will have to stand under some shop awning, jostling for space with other wet people. 😉
- If you are a “specsy” like me, then rain is NOT your friend! Unless of course, the specs will come equipped with tiny wipers! (Which it does not!) The visor of the helmet too is of no use without wipers. So keeping the head bent down, peering out with eyes like slits, over the specs is the only way you can ride! And then, there is the rain water that will pour in between your eyes and the glasses and run down your nose too.
- Be very wary of cars. These people sitting warm and cozy inside their vehicles, will never hesitate to douse you with puddle water that they will gladly step into just when you are next to them. The time gap between you seeing the car, and the puddle will be too tiny for you react before the car tyre dips into the puddle and you will get an unwanted extra bath. Don’t worry though, the rain will wash it off! 😀
- Sometimes, the road may be filled with water. There will be no way to judge the depth of the puddle. It could be just a simple, small, insignificant pothole or a huge pit of death. Your best bet would be the vehicle in front of you. See what that driver is upto. Is he/she driving around it or going bang through the middle of it? Make your decisions based on those deductions. Mind you, these deductions must be based on two-wheelers in front and not cars or buses. Remember their tyres are higher and bigger than yours.
- Buses are altogether another league. They will splash you and splash you hard! And the people coming out of the buses will be in a hurry to find shelter. So they will not care for you and rules of traffic. So be wary of them too.
- Apart from all this, the ride is a jolly one! LOL 😀
Driving in the rain in a car is a totally different experience. Let me illustrate:
- You will be nice and dry, watching the world get wet. So one plus point!
- Your enemies will be two-wheelers. (Ah! yes, the wheel has now turned!) Remember they are getting horribly wet and so they will be driving super fast to avoid getting more wet. They can appear out of nowhere and will zoom in and out avoiding potholes, buses, and people (with or without umbrellas).Of course, you will have the pleasure of dousing some rider with puddle water sometimes! 😀
- Have you ever noticed, that there is one strange phenomenon in this scenario. You would have closed all the windows of your car for obvious reasons. The temperature inside is warmer than one outside. Now, as you breathe, the water vapour condenses on the glass in front of you. So, to clear that, you need to switch on your AC. That means, the world outside is wet and cold but you on the other hand are dry and cold. LOL 😀
- When you have to get out or get in, keep an umbrella handy. Otherwise you will be as wet as the world outside. But now you will make your seats wet too! Haha!
The experience of driving in a downpour is indeed exhilarating. Now that monsoon is around the corner, I am looking forward to driving down a rain-washed road!