Death by Commute?

When I think of the consequences of commuting, I think of paying a lot for gas, the wear and tear on my car, and the pollution I create. I don’t think of the effects it has on my health. But The Killer Commute infographic by College@Home lists statistics that reveal your commute could be physically taking its toll on you. I actually work from home and my husband does too, but if we were commuting regularly I might start looking at alternatives. Knowing how massively commuting affects us can be a solid place to start thinking about how we live our lives and spend our time.

According to The Killer Commute, “1 in 6 of us commute more than 45 minutes each way, collectively spending 164 billion minutes per year shuttling to and from work.” This has a profound impact on our health and relationships. Your risk of a heart attack triples (96,000 heart attacks are attributed to traffic) and if your or your spouse’s commute is longer than 45 minutes, you are 40% more likely to divorce.

Take a look at The Killer Commute. Does this information change the way you think about getting to work?

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