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    conniefi Guest

    Default Chicago to Las Vegas

    Hi Everyone,

    I am going to travel from Chicago to Las Vegas in a few weeks. I am taking the Southern route. What is the best way to go, what should I avoid, and what will I have to see? This is my first roadtrip in a long time. How are the mountains this time of year if I take the Southern route? I am getting snow tires.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Washington state coast/Olympic Peninsula

    Default Southern route?

    Welcome to the forum!

    When you say you're taking the "southern route", could you be more specific? On my map, there's lots of southern routes.

    At this time of year, snow is a possibility no matter how far south you go. It is surprising how high in elevation many states are. So the elevation will affect the possibility of whether or not you go snow just as much as latitude will.

    However, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you're staying on interstates and other major roads, any snowfall is usually cleared rather quickly. And all the traffic tends to keep the roads fairly clear.

    Here are some suggestions that might help:
    1. Allow some buffer time in your trip in case you are stopped for a few hours due to snow or have to drive more slowly than normal due to weather conditions.
    2. Check out the state Dept of Transportation websites for the states you are traveling through shortly before you leave so you have the most up-to-date information on road conditions. Also write down the phone numbers to call for traffic reports. Many states use 511 but, unfortunately, not all do. Having those phone numbers handy will give you peace of mind even if you don't have to use them.
    3. Carry emergency supplies in case you do get stopped for awhile due to weather. Blankets, water, snacks, etc. And pack a heavy coat and some kind of winter boots just in case you end up walking in the snow for awhile to get to a place to wait out a storm.
    4. AAA membership and a cellphone with a car charger.
    5. Chains for your car (and learn how to put them on before you might have to do it in the snow and the dark).

    You probably won't need to use any of these but I tend toward "be prepared", "better safe than sorry", "hope for the best but prepare for the worst" (take your pick).

    BTW, the snow tires themselves will be a big help so kudos for getting them for this trip!

    You might also find it useful to check out these tips on winter driving, and these tips on these tips on mountain driving. In fact, I would encourage anyone embarking on a roadtrip to review all the great tips in the series "Drive Safe with Uncle Bob".

    I'm sure many of us will be glad to help you with specifics once we know just what route you mean when you say "southern route".
    Last edited by Quebec Gen; 01-19-2006 at 10:34 AM. Reason: typo

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