I wouldn't say it makes me feel "powerful" but driving around for pleasure does make me feel more liberated than anything else in my life. When I'm driving I feel like nothing matters and that I'm free to go almost anywhere, explore almost any road. The countryside is beautiful pretty much all year round so there's always something new to see and each new road you try leads you to a little shop, restaurant, or some other curiosity to discover. Once a year, I take a day off for myself where I'll leave before the sun comes up and not come home until late in the evening just before dinner, driving the whole time and only stopping for food, gas, and using the bathroom. There's nothing like it.