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  1. Default Round trip from Baton Rouge to Chicago in December

    Hello All,

    We are planning a trip from Baton Rouge, LA to Chicago, IL in late December (20 to 30 December, 2012). We will take the I-55 and I-57. Anybody has an idea for this route in winters. We have minimal experience driving in snow conditions. If anybody knows a better route considering the winter conditions, Please let us know? and How should we prepare for winter driving?
    we are planning to rent a car, any suggestions on type to be rented to handle the conditions?


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Unpredictable.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    You will only know if there is a 'better route' to take due to weather and road conditions when you have the up to date forecasts/conditions to hand, so it's a case of wait and see.

    A mid size sedan should do you just fine, although a 4wd is an option, with limited experience it might give you a false sense of security. It can help to get you out of a tricky situation, but it's far better not to get yourself into one in the first place. Time is the most important thing, knowing that if conditions get to a point where you think you need a 4wd or snowchains etc, you should simply be getting off the road somewhere safe and warm while the storm passes through and roadcrews go about their job of clearing up. You will need one overnight stop as a minimum requirement and should factor in a second 'just in case'.

    This thread has useful winter driving tips but be sure to check out the links to RTA articles in post 2.

    Have a safe trip.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Nobody uses chains in that part of the country, there aren't any mountains. The roads are very straight and level. 4wd is an unnecessary expense. Just make sure the car has "all season" rated tires.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    The interstate highways are the best bet during the winter months. Because of the commercial traffic that uses them 24/7/365, the highway crews take care of the interstates quickly. They are the last to close and the first to be reopened during inclement weather. As said above, if you drive into a treacherous driving situation, the best thing to do is to pull off the highway and get a motel room, and wait it out.


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    Thank you all for kind suggestions..!!

    It really helped us a lot..

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