I just got a new job in San Francisco and need to move ASAP from Dallas (actually Plano in North Dallas to be specific) to San Francisco. I have never done such a long drive before, and I will be driving solo with my car packed with household stuff I need to take along with me. I have a 2012 Honda Civic 4-door sedan with around 12k miles on it. I'll probably be driving in the next week or two, so mid August roughly.
Considering this situation, and the time of the year (hot hot summer in the desert), what would be the best route to take? I believe I will need three full days of driving. I have been to Vegas and Grand Canyon before so I am not too interested in detouring, want to stick to straight up path, unless there is something pretty interesting to stop for an hour or so not too far from shortest path.
So, how should I divide the trip? Where to stop overnight? What precautions to take for a solo drive in summer this long? Any suggestions appreciated!