Infographic: Your commute is killing you

How much time do you spend in the car each day going to and from work? Hopefully not much, because the consequences are grim.

It’s safe to say no one in the world likes traffic.

Yet most of us have to trudge our way through it to get to and from work every day. It’s a necessary evil.

Have you ever tracked how much time you spend commuting? An infographic from says Americans spend almost 50 minutes a day on the road.

Commuters in Chicago and Washington, D.C. spend the most time in highway traffic each year: about 80 hours. Los Angeles and Houston come in third and fourth, respectively.

Yes, that’s a long time to be on the road, but here’s the scary part: The infographic also says all that time in the car is killing you.

Commuting makes you angrier.

Every day, 34 percent of drivers stuck in traffic honk their horns, 27 percent yell and 19 percent give the finger. (Two percent have tried to run someone off the road.)

Commuting can affect your relationships.

Couples in which one person commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40 percent likelier to divorce.

Commuting is bad for your body.

Every year, 96,000 heart attacks in the U.S. are attributed to traffic.

You wish you could take the train or work from home, don’t you?

For more on how commuting is bad for your health, take a look at the full graphic:

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