My daughter and I are driving from Atlanta to LA in late January. My mother advised us not to take I-40 because of weather, but it seems much easier than I-10. Any thoughts? We would appreciate any tips of how long to plan driving per day (I'm the only driver), where to stay each night, where to fuel up, where my phone won't get reception, etc. this will be a new experience for us both and I am very nervous about it.