When Will The First Rainwear Rainwear?
Posted On June 30, 2021
By now you’ve probably heard that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to replace the ubiquitous rain jackets worn by many American motorists, and the first batch of gear to go through this process is coming soon.
The DOT says the first wave of clothing will arrive in the spring.
It’s a big step forward, but the first gear still isn’t the best.
As a result, it will likely be a while before the average American can start wearing the new clothing, at least until we see it in action.
There are some reasons to believe that the DOT will ultimately settle on a better fit for American motorists.
First, a new coat of paint could make it easier for people to cover their faces in the rain, and it would make it less likely that motorists would accidentally drop a helmet in the process.
A DOT spokesperson explained that the new coat could “be the best fit for motorists who are not comfortable with their own vehicle in the pouring rain.”
Second, the DOT is expected to make a decision about the best way to handle a helmet-to-helmet collision, with helmets generally being preferred over ski goggles.
In the DOT’s vision, it would be more difficult for a driver to lose his or her head and get hit by a helmet if a ski-masked helmet is not on the road.
So, while helmets are a nice thing to have on hand, it’s important to be able to wear a helmet when necessary, especially in areas where there is snow.
The third reason that the first-wave of gear will probably be a little bit slower to get to market than the second wave is that it will probably take longer to develop a system that will be reliable enough to handle wear and tear during heavy rainfall.
A recent study of the new DOT coat found that the process took at least two years.
But that study was done on a prototype, and there are likely to be plenty of problems with it, including how it will handle wear in the rainy.
In other words, it may be years before we can see the first vehicles with full-on, fully waterproof, rain gear in our cars, let alone in our homes.
But with the DOT getting closer to finalizing its next-generation system, there’s a good chance that we’ll finally see this new gear in the hands of the average person on American roads.
It may take a while to get here, but that’s what we’ve been waiting for.