I just want to kind of chime in and agree. I do take public transportation into and out of the city near where I live, but when I do, it's because parking would be ridiculous and I hate driving in the city. But even then, I frequently end up driving anyway, and it's because getting from where I live to just about anywhere is generally timed in hours when taking public transportation and minutes when driving. A trip that might take 20 minutes by car can easily take two hours by public transportation.
It helps that the public transportation schedules here are complete jokes. That 10:30 bus might arrive at 10:35. Or 10:40. Or maybe 10:45. Or possibly 10:28. But the one time you can guarantee it won't be arriving is 10:30.
All this adds up to it generally being easier (but almost never cheaper) to just drive and say "screw it" to public transportation. Even if you end up paying more in parking and gas than you would have in bus/subway fare, it's generally worth it for avoiding the hassle and saving at least a couple of hours in time.