This March 6-10, I'm traveling from Asheville, NC to Boston, MA and back. I'm going with two friends, to visit grad schools, and we have a pretty limited time frame to go and come back. So far the plan is this:
-I sleep Sunday March 5 into the night so that I can drive comfortably.
-Leave Asheville around midnight, getting to Chicago around 11am.
-Spending Monday in Chicago.
-Leave at 7am on Tuesday for NYC, arriving around 6/7pm.
-Spending Tues eve/Wednesday in NYC.
-Leave NYC around 4pm for Boston, arriving around 8pm.
-Spend Thursday in Boston and either leaving around midnight to get back to NC by 4pm on Friday or spending the night in Boston, leaving at 7am and getting back at 11pm Friday.
First, does this seem realistic? I know the night driving seems problematic, but I feel comfortable.
Second, where can I get information about toll roads? I'm trying to figure out a budget for all of us - and this is the part I can't figure out.
Third, this may seem stupid but, do gas prices go up around "Spring Break" weeks? I'd budgeting gas based on current prices - should I expect a spike?
Fourth, what about winter weather? Is that something I can't really deal with until it happens? I come from a southern US state, so we don't really anticipate it. On the other hand, I live in the mountains so I can drive in it somewhat well; and, I assume that places that get snow a lot are good at clearing it.
Fifth, the car I'm taking is about 1 month away from its scheduled oil change (not sure how many miles away). The trip is roughly 2500 miles. Should I get an oil change before and after? Only before? During?
Sixth, not a question but a comment - the gas calculator is wonderful!
Seventh, is parking as bad in Chicago as it is in New York City/Boston?
Lastly, is there a type of oil I should get for more "wintry/cold" climates such as the Midwest/Northeast? I use regular 10W30 now.
Thanks so much for any and all help you can provide - this site is amazing!