My first stint of driving on the other side of the road was going well; apart from some slipstreaming effects from vans and lorries, we were making good progress towards Lake Garda. The Kodiaq was proving exactly why it was named Tow Car of the Year by the Caravan and Motorhome Club and yep, the Kodiaq was King, towing like a dream.
But if the first 30 minutes or so seemed to pass with relative ease, things were about to get tougher. A dramatic change in weather lay in our path and in swirled an afternoon thunderstorm that hit us completely out of the blue.
In these kinds of conditions your driving when towing is really put to the test. Coupled with tricky road surfaces, the weather meant we were really up against it. There are certain aspects that need to be adjusted when towing, and particularly in adverse weather. It’s not only your judgement, control and speed that need altering but also your road positioning and awareness.
But as the weather eased and the storm passed, we were hit with obstacle number two… Italian rush hour traffic. As if the road conditions and challenging weather weren’t enough to deal with, we had heavy traffic as we made our way around the Italian capital.
As motorbikes, cars and vans squeezed their way in and out of traffic, we were left to sit and wait It’s a little harder to squeeze in and out of lanes with a caravan in tow. But as we patiently waited the day turned to night as we slowly made our way out of the heavy traffic before heading towards our resting spot for the evening Camping Fontanelle.