Driving Skill Erosion

Before going to a WFH role (2.5 years now), I was driving 50 miles/day (round trip) to work, on a combination of rural four-lane divided highway, rural 2-lane highway, and suburban to urban six-lane interstate.

I've found over these WFH years that my comfort behind the wheel has been steadily eroding. My situational awareness is not at the level that I used to call normal, and I feel more like a deer-in-the-headlights, slow to make decisions, than I'm comfortable with.


I do take several long highway trips a year, in the 12 hour each way range. I can get into a rhythm with that, at least, and I don't feel I'm significantly 'off' of my ideal... and in my opinion, I think I'm still better than many of the drivers out there. Of course, in the immortal words of George Carlin, anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.

I know my situation is somewhat unique - not too many people get to work from home for such an extended period. That said, has anyone else in a similar spot felt that same erosion? If so, what (if anything) have you done about it?

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