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  1. Default Orange County to Arkansas drive

    Hi,

    Thanks to RTA and it's memebers for their great suggestions and support.

    I am planning to travel from Orange County, CA to Bentonville, Arkansas on March 3rd or 4th 2008. Please clarify below my questions:
    1. How safe it is to drive on I40 without chains?
    2. Can I drive longer hours on day?
    3. Where is the best place/town to stay during nights?
    4. Can I travel in two days with 1 night stay or need more time?

    I am going in Maxima car.

    Any other suggestions would be a great help for me.

    Have a great day.

    Thanks,
    funlover

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    Quote Originally Posted by funlover View Post
    1. How safe it is to drive on I40 without chains?
    I really wouldn't worry about it. Its not unheard of to see snow on this route, but chains aren't a magic bullet either. You're really just as well off being prepared to drive in winter weather, pull off the road and wait for conditions to improve, or look at the forecast before you leave and see if bad conditions would make an alternate route an option.

    2. Can I drive longer hours on day?
    3. Where is the best place/town to stay during nights?
    4. Can I travel in two days with 1 night stay or need more time?
    2 days would really be pushing yourself beyond what we'd recommend. You'd be looking at 13-14 hour days on the road to do this in two days, so that really should be an option of last resort. Albuqurque would be about the halfway point, but this really would be better off as a 3 day trip. Flagstaff and Amarillo would make for 2 evenly spaced overnights.

  3. Default Orange County to Arkansas drive

    Thanks guru for the suggestions. I am new to long drives and saw the total journey as 22Hrs. Me and my wife both can drive, hence thought of two days. But I will follow your suggestion and plan for 3 day trip to enjoy the drive. Sure, I will check the whether before starting. Do we still get snow this time on I40? Please clarify.

    Thanks,
    funlover

  4. #4
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    Mar 2005
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    Default Snow? Probably not

    But in the winter ice can be a factor. There is really no way of knowing and, heck, our weather has been so strange the last few years that it's almost possible to predict anyway. We strongly suggest people check the weather report before leaving and taking the route that makes the most sense based on the latest weather forecasts. That's really the best you can do.

    However, unless it's extreme ice conditions, don't let this scare you off. Most parts of the highway will get cleared off pretty quickly due to the heavy traffic on the interstates. You will simply want to drive more slowly and defensively/carefully through areas that are experiencing ice. Make sure you have good winter or all-weather tires.

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