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Question by Padatha: What is the safest winter driving route from Tampa, FL to Boise, ID?
We are moving from FL to ID and need to leave in late Dec to begin the new job there. We are traveling with children and we are concerned about winter driving conditions. We are considering I-40 west as far as we can, but we are not sure what route would be safest to get north to Boise after that. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Answer by Boston Male
I-40 is NOT the way you want to take … it will take much longer if you take I-40. The route you want to take is I-75 to I-24 in TN. Then I-57 in IL, I-64 to St. Louis to I-70 through MO. From Kansas City you can either stay on I-70 to Denver or take I-29 north to Omaha where you would then take I-80 west to Salt Lake City and then finally I-84 to Boise. Now you can take I-40 if you like but once you get out west there’s limited options to take you north and the one’s that do take a long time and go right through mountainous areas prone to heavy snow conditions, so it would be better to stay take the other route, which also goes through larger cities meaning the roads will be more traveled thus less slippery and better salted during the very cold conditions.
It will most likely be safe the entire way so long as you stay to the speed limits and stay on the interstate. If there’s a really bad storm, just pull over and wait until it passes or stop over at a hotel for the night.
Here’s a Google map of the route you can take:
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