I flew from Detroit Metro to Amsterdam, In July 2019. In general, I try to not spend over $1,500 on plane tickets. I prefer to leave on a Friday night or Saturday, and return on a Saturday. When looking for tickets leaving on Friday nights or Saturdays, from Detroit to Amsterdam, I was dismayed to see that all the tickets I saw listed were not less than $1,900. Then I found a trip for just under $1,400, leaving and arriving on Tuesdays. I was able to take my trip and stay under my supposed plane ticket budget by flying on Tuesdays. Have you observed whether ticket prices vary for you depending on the day of the week?
I have never driven myself to the airport on my way to Europe. I probably would be too tired to drive home from the airport at the end of my trip. Driving tired = driving drunk. Factoring in the 7 hour difference in time zone, how many hours are you likely to be awake from the time you wake up in Amsterdam on the day of your flight back to Dallas, until the minute you would be getting into your car in Dallas on your way home from the airport?