I've been using Google Maps for "directions" every day, not because I don't know the way to to work, but because Google does a better job than I do of figuring out which of the three river bridges available to me has the shortest commute that day given the current state of accidents, congestion and road construction. Regardless, I spend some of my time doing about 5 mph on a 5-lane interstate while the road condition sign says "Speed Ahead 25 mph". Right. I'm really hoping that once construction is complete on one of those major bridge routes in December, this situation will ease up considerably.
On the way home, I am attempting to (safely) negotiate with my teen when and where she needs to be picked up from, depending on her varying schedule of school activities that she somehow does not know in advance.
I try not to let the crazy drivers get to me, but they do every day. If a large pick-up or SUV which is riding my bumper rear-ends my Honda Civic at high speed, which vehicle do you think is going to come off worse? I do my best to stay away from them, let them past, never make eye contact, never acknowledge rude gestures, I stay out of the far left lane most of the time, but I still end up with crazies on my bumper. Many times they tailgate me on exit ramps. I'm sorry that I'm not exiting the highway like a roller coaster! I also have this weird notion about actually leaving adequate stopping distance in front of me. I am often tailgated aggressively while I am matching the speed of the car in front of me, but leaving a safe distance.
It's a significant addition to my already-high anxiety level, but I can't find a way to avoid it. I don't have a work-at-home option. There is zero public transportation, and cycling is impossible given the distance, highly-variable weather patterns, river crossing, my deep fear of being hit by a car, and my sad state of physical fitness.
And don't get me started about driving in the snow... we are just far enough north to have snow driving, but far enough south that no one is good at it.