Hi all, this is my first post!! I just created my profile on here. One of my close friends is moving to Las Vegas in January and I am driving him there. This will be the longest I have ever driven on my own (or with friends). My friend is moving in with his Dad, we are both 19. A little background info about our trip. We will be taking a 4WD truck that has low mileage and is well maintained. (2007 Dodge Dakota) There will be 3 passengers, myself, my friend who is moving, and another friend going along for the ride. We will have approximately 300-400 lbs of his belongings in the bed of the truck. We will be leaving the 3rd week of January from Greenville/Spartanburg SC area and driving to Las Vegas. Not taking any major stops there, but we know the main points of interest, we will check them out if time allows. I have driven cross country 3 times, but I was with my family all 3 times and not on my own. My main concern is the weather in the panhandle of Texas, high desert in New Mexico and I40 across Arizona. We will be taking I40. What is the weather typically like in those areas in mid January? Do the roads get cleared pretty quickly? If weather is terrible what would be our best detour? I live in Western NC, so I am somewhat used to snow, but not blizzards/frequent snowstorms. What's your best advice for 3 19 year olds driving cross country for the first time? Open to any and all tips/advice. Thank you Much!!!