Is it possible to move around in Rome by rain?
Yes, but you need to be patient, be prepared, avoid danger and above all never run.
We do not sincerely feel that we are giving explicit advice, other than those that cannot be summed up in the concept of “paying the utmost attention”, but we can tell you an experience so that everyone gets the maximum inspiration.
The months of October and November are usually very pleasant in Rome, and, if lucky, you find yourself living a second spring waiting for Christmas that opens the doors to the rigours of the winter of January and February, the only ones really cold and rainy.
However, the danger of rain is always lurking, especially on days like those when the sun peeks through the great banks of clouds that rapidly travel through the capital, usually from south to north.
A morning on a scooter in Rome with the rain
It’s Monday morning, it’s 7:00, a few thin drops of rainfall, the weather changes abruptly and the weather, which doesn’t help much, shows us the icon of the drop with the sun. We know that it means that you can expect a “sulfone” of water from one moment to the next, perhaps alternating with moments of sun and fresh wind. We are in Rome and it is November.
The check on the front door, a moment before taking the stairs and finding yourself on the street, is to have, in addition to what is necessary for work, the helmet and inside it gloves and collar.
The helmet must have a well-cleaned visor and, if possible, an anti-fog visor (or mask). Gloves are certain winter and the neck, beyond that you can wear a scarf, is essential to avoid any kind of draft of cold air that can get sick. Maybe we don’t bring the helmet, gloves and neck from home, and we find them ready under the saddle of the scooter or in the luggage rack of the bike, but the important thing is that you never forget to keep the visor of the helmet clean and to have gloves and neck in tow.
The anti-rain kit, minimum and complete
Being a rainy day we are at the kit, essential to avoid throwing a day’s work if you have to move by bike with the risk of rain. Essentially the kit is made from a pair of trousers and an anti-rain jacket, but surely that’s not all. Two equally important components to save us from water and not always named, space-saving and therefore easy to add to the kit are the waterproof coatings for gloves and shoes.
At the moment of the rain, the trousers and the jacket are dressed quickly and one thinks, mostly, of being able to leave safely. Less than winter gloves that are really waterproof (and most are never completely so) and motorcycle boots, the risk is to collect water in the four ends, wet shirt and socks and find yourself still in trouble so as to put in doubt a dry good continuation of the day.
Waterproof coatings for gloves and shoes are nothing more than simple waterproof bags to put over gloves and over boots. It seems strange to talk about a double coating but, once you try it, you will realize that in the need to move in the rain, in this way, you can really be safe from the wet.
The cost of these four elements (which can be purchased separately, only hands and / or feet) is very low as they are considered emergency and battle clothing , easily exposed to possible deterioration (think of the linings for the shoes with which you we may have to, even if briefly, find ourselves walking) and for this reason we can easily replace them.
By their very nature, they take up minimal space and can be easily inserted into jacket and trouser pockets thus not affecting the volume of the kit.
Two wheels, rain and attention on the street
Driving short or long stretches in the rain, on a scooter or on a motorcycle, is not as important as the attention that must be paid to doing it, one meter at a time.
One of the most important tips is to take special care to interpose a sufficient safety distance with the vehicle in front. The safety distance is essential to have room for manoeuvre, which must always be cautious and free of abrupt movements, and it is also fundamental to have time to see the stretch of road we are about to cover as the presence of holes, stones, dirt or deep puddles can arrive at the last moment and should not lead us to have to make sudden changes in direction or sudden setbacks.
The rain also makes a regularly maintained road surface insidious so it is essential to always have tires that are good enough to allow sufficient grip.
The speed must always be moderate, even when the available space seems to give more speed. The advice is always to move at low speed. Always avoid the challenge with the orange traffic light. Don’t worry about any solicitations from those in traffic like you and have less patience, your safety is the first thing you need to care about, everything else must come later.
Remember that, unless you have a helmet of high value and therefore of high quality, in traffic, with rain, the helmet visor tends to fog up inside and, being then wet on the outside, strongly compromises your visibility , so don’t delay to stop and clean the visor to recover the visibility as much as possible.