I love saying 'Is where I parked ok?' or 'I drove two of the girls out to Jebel Ali.' Or walking around the immense Dubai Mall to meet Danielle, knowing that I got there by 'all by myself.' Ha, I'm such a dork.
But I'm treasuring the extra moments in the car for prayer. (And singing super loud, but you know.) Time alone that's very different from frequent commutes as a passenger. It doesn't replace study but is a refreshingly interspersed pleasure.