I am totally new to this forum so hopefully this is an appropriate post and in the right category...
My wife and I are making the big move at the end of this year, leaving Xmas eve to be exact. I just reserved a 22' Penske truck and trailer for our car. Ideally I would have liked to make this trip during a warmer season, but because I own my own business I need to take advantage of the holidays and get up and running on the other end asap.
So I have a couple questions and would definitely like to open this up to general advise as well.
1. Would you recommend that I just plan on taking a southern route to avoid bad weather, or should I play it by ear and go the most direct route if possible? I'd prefer not to get stuck in a blizzard, and especially would like to not encounter inclement weather in the mountains. However going south seems like it would add a lot of miles and I'm not sure exactly what interstates would be best.
2. I've been looking into diesel additives, mostly to improve fuel economy. Optilube looks good. Has anyone had experience with such additives and would you say it is worth the trouble? Wondering also if I should go for the winter formula vs. standard.
3. Any advice with insurance and protection plans? So far I plan on just purchasing the limited damage damage waiver from Penske, but not sure if I should add anything else. I might need to look into what my car insurance covers, if anything, and also any benefits from my credit card company.
So I guess that's really it. I'm going to try to make the best time possible but I wouldn't say I'm great at long distance drives so I'll probably take 6-7 days to get there. Hopefully a route change or weather will not impact that too much. The size of the truck especially with the trailer behind is somewhat intimidating, but I think once I get out of Providence and onto the highway I'll be ok.
Thanks in advance.