I have owned a car since I was 22, and I was always living in suburbs, never in the center.
Therefore, when someplace is 30-40 minutes driving away, I just think of it as “close”. Incredibly close, especially if it is actual 30-40 minutes, with little parking time and/or other overhead. This is true both in Israel, where basically all of the “important part” (Jerusalem, the Rehovot area, Tel-Aviv, etc.) is close by, especially when the traffic is low on weekends, and I’ve had weekends where I travel from Tel-Aviv area to Jerusalem area some 4-5 times. Ditto for the bay: barring traffic, from San Francisco to San Jose is about 45 minutes, and so I really don’t mind doing all these drives when I need to. Cupertino, San Jose, San Mateo, Palo Alto? All feel like “the same place”. It’s a fun way to live, and I don’t understand people who feel otherwise.