I am a single female that will be driving across the US alone from Atlanta to San Francisco in 2 weeks.
I'm hoping to be able to make the drive in 4 days - weather permitting. I'm not afraid of long driving days as I have experience making 9-10 hour drives across Europe. I had a trade show job that required long drives between various cities.
My concern is route considering the time of year. I am debating whether to take Interstate 10 from Mobile, AL to Southern California or take Interstate 40. Does anyone on this forum have experience driving across the country on either? I am leaning towards Interstate 10 as, even though it is a longer route, it is further south.
I have heard that Interstate 10 takes you out into the middle of nowhere for long stretches where there is no cell reception, gas stations are few and far between, and I could be very well driving alone on the road especially through much of Texas and the desert. On the other hand, I have read that Interstate 40, while faster, can be a nightmare driving across during winter.
Anything I should be prepared for? I have already purchased supplies (case water, food, jumper cables, flares, flat tire equipment, maps, etc.) in anticipation for unexpected issues that may arise. I have a newer car that has been recently checked out, oil changed, transmission fluid flushed....everything I can think of in preparation.
Thanks so much for your advice!