Commuting in the Nomad is brilliant. Unless you’re stationary on the motorway and it’s raining. But we seem to have had a reasonably dry autumn so far, and even when it has been raining, it hasn’t really put me off. Daily life in the Nomad is just better: I feel brighter about the day no matter the weather because of the car’s puppyish enthusiasm for everything it does. So yes, it requires a different mindset to driving a conventional car, but because it has a windscreen and ride comfort it’s not as compromised and exhausting as you might expect.
Yes, this is me and the Nomad, both looking suitably daft. The Nomad’s £420 car cover has been nicknamed the NomDom and although I thought I was rocking the Ellen McArthur/Ming the Merciless vibe pretty well, my son pointed out I looked like a boiled egg in an egg cup, which kind of took the wind out of my sails.
Anyway, I’d been thinking about the best way to dress myself to drive the Nomad – ski gear was too bulky and I didn’t get the padding and plates you get in most motorcycle suits, so I wound up speaking to a company called Zhik, who make clobber designed to handle the Southern Ocean.
It has neoprene collars and cuffs to stop water getting in, and the unseen advantage that the high rear collar doubles as a handy headrest in the Nomad’s plastic seat. So I’m dry, warm and if the weather gets bad you can pull the hood out with a single hand. Apparently ocean racers need that when they’re helming. Me too.