Hello! I have been reading a lot of the posts on winter driving and routes and will try not to repeat questions that have been asked and answered.
I have a 2001 Dodge caravan which, hopefully with the blessings of the mechanic will be fit. I have driven it up and down the east coast and it went to Mississippi once, but those were all spring/summer trips. I have pretty much decided on I 80 all the way across, as I also want to stop and visit in Iowa City and Denver. ( each for a half a day or a day.) I am a 50 something woman doing this solo and so have mapped out no more than 6 hours of driving a day. I think for me that gives me mostly daylight, a little time to stop and see something if I want, and if I can do it faster, fine.
My big concerns are the minivan in the snow. I plan on buying a set of chains, but am a little clueless on the varieties I have seen, so any advice on that would be appreciated. (My stupid questions: on a front wheel drive do you only put chains on the front wheels? Do chains come with instructions on how to put them on? and can I just pull off the road and do that? or is it a garage stop? or raising it up on the jack required?)
I am also planning on buying a new set of all weather tires. It is time for tires anyway and so any advice on that purchase would also be appreciated. Also, I guess I am looking for encouragement, and any helpful tips. I am concerned about the wind on the minivan, etc. Will try weigh down the back with suitcases etc.
Anything at all, all comments welcome! Thanks. (re-reading, and i sound nervous even to myself)