My best friend from high school is getting married in early January in Texas and since the price of gas right now makes it around 3x cheaper to drive instead of fly, I'm planning a roadtrip.
My problem is that I have never driven in winter weather outside of the Phoenix area (which does not actually have winter weather). Most of my other trips have been in California, in late spring or summer.
I haven't been to the panhandle in the winter in years and I'm not sure what the driving conditions between Phoenix and there will be. I'll be driving on the I-40 the whole way, most likely, driving through Northern Arizona and through Albuquerque. I know the route just fine, but I'd like some advice on what the driving/weather conditions are likely to be and what safety precautions or supplies others with more experience think I should have.
Edit: I feel I should mention what kind of car I drive, since I know that can impact the safety of a drive. I will be driving a Kia Soul, great gas mileage, but not exactly a Jeep with 4 wheel drive or anything.