I am heading out to LA for a few months from Vancouver, and will need my car so decided to drive. I also chose to stop by SLC on my way to go to Sundance, so I plan to leave in the next few days, depending on the weather conditions. Although I don't want to miss the festival, I am prepared to stop on the way if the weather is bad. From what I have read, neither straight down the I5 to LA or I84 to SLC are going to be easy in the winter so I'm looking for some advice as I really want to be safe.
Right now I have regular tires on my car that are a bit slippy in rain. Was planning to get the Nokian All Weather Tires which are good for severe snow conditions and city driving - as I wont be changing them in LA. And bringing along some chains and a winter breakdown emergency kit. I have a 99 Corolla.
What I'd really like to know if anyone can advise, is there are better way to drive that would be safer? If I do drive straight across turning at Seattle and taking the I84 straight to SLC, what can I expect in which parts of the journey? Are there areas which I should be deciding to stop overnight if it doesn't look safe to drive?
What about SLC to LA? I think I take the I15 most of the way. Any advice would be much appreciated as I am not an experienced driver, and definitely not used to driving in ice and snow.