Are you in Northern Cal? Oregon or Washington?
Hubby grew up in Redding and I grew up an hour East of San Fran in the farming land. I always appreciated I-5 because it was a direct route to almost anywhere and two hours' driving in any direction took you somewhere completely geographically different. We lived in WA state for 2yrs, along the Columbia River, and we were about two hours away from the Portland airport. After that, I've always preferred to live w/in less than an hour from a major airport, but we still need to live rural (horses).
I currently drive about 40mi to my GI at Emory, but it takes me 90min to drive and park because of traffic and lights along the majority of the route. No other routes I can take. ...without getting lost, anyways... Lost and me, are not friends.
I have a 'care package' I keep in the car for EVERY drive, be it a short drive in familiar territory, or a long one in unfamiliar territory. Change of clothes head/toe. Towels, one large for covering my lap and several small-medium sized hand towels for clean up. Plastic bags. Plastic bucket with lid, lined with plastic bag for on-the-road-must-go moments. Toilet paper. Wet wipes. Bottle of water.
I would not attempt a 120mi car drive without my care-package in the back seat and in easy access. Tinted windows are nice, too.