When I was 16 years old a friend and I drove from Los Angeles to Denver Colorado in the dead of winter. We didn't know any better, and we both had girlfriends there we wanted to see. We did OK until we got to the Rockies - without tire chains or any experience driving in the snow - and almost slid off the road. A Colorado highway patrolman came along, took us to a gas station, told us what to buy (chains and some bands to keep them from trashing the rims), helped us put them on the car, and even taught us how to do it - a really wonderful man. we made it to Denver finally and had a fairly good time before driving back. Total time about 10 days with 4 days total driving time. Where you you go?