I will be moving jobs from the East coast (Washington DC) to west coast (Palo Alto, California). I am planning to move some time after the 20th of August, 2006. I have two options for moving my car, viz., driving or shipping. Either way my new employer will pay for the costs. So, finances are no problem. I am recently married and I am seriously considering doing the drive with my wife. As my wife does not drive, I will have to do all the driving. Also, I have started driving only recently (less than 6 months, in and around Washington DC). I have a few questions and I will be very grateful to anybody who gives me any advice.
1. Is driving over such long distances advisable at all, especially when I don't have any experience driving long distances (I have not driven more than 4 hours at a time)?
2. I can take up to 8-10 days to do the drive. So, frequent stops might not be a problem. Even if it takes longer, I don't mind. Safety is the top priority. So, if this trip is advisable, what route would be best (with respect to least stress, more enjoyable)?
3. What general precautions are necessary?
Depending on the advice I get, I might have more questions. I just want to make sure I know what to expect before I decide whether to make this trip or not.