In the UK, our perception of scale is TOTALLY different to the USA.
For you guys, a one hour drive to the shops would be nothing. For us, it's particular effort to go to a big town or city.
I don't get where that perception comes from. A one hour drive to do some shopping is definitely annoying! I'll drive that distance to go somewhere (getting to Chicago with mild traffic easily takes me 2.5 hrs now) but it's not as if it's nothing to me.