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Your Commute Could Be Killing You, Literally

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - No matter where you go — you’re likely to endlessly tap the brake pedal.

If you’re wondering if all that chaos in your commute could hurt your health, the answer is yes!

Skip and Stephanie Masters say once they moved to the suburbs, it started to take a toll on their marriage.

“It was an hour, an hour and a half,” recalls Stephanie. “If you’re rushing to a meeting, it was like ‘Oh my God!’ Am I going to make it in time? It was very stressful.”

“I can’t count the times she’d be in the car, maybe 5 minutes and call me, and go, ‘I’m gonna kill you– you moved me out here and now I have to drive downtown!” jokes Skip. “So I thought, ‘This is not gonna be healthy for me in the long run!”

The Masters ended up moving back to downtown to cut down on the time they spend in traffic.

Experts say your commute could literally cause health problems that may shorten your life.

According to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, workers with long commutes are less likely to exercise, and therefore tended to weigh more, had higher blood pressure and poorer heart health.

“You have less time with your family, you don’t want to walk, or go to the gym, or spend time with friends,” says Courtney Summers. “It was a lifestyle change to work near my home.”

As commuters spend more time behind the wheel, researchers say we are also more pressed to ‘multi-task,’ and that can mean everything from making telephone calls, to surfing the internet, even watching TV. Those distractions, they say, are also dangerous, often deadly.

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Some figures say one in five crashes now can be blamed on distracted driving.