Many people have certain fears in their life. Some of them are scared of heights, others of darkness and many people are scared of spiders. It is possible to work on them and overcome unpleasant feelings, but some people decide to choose other ways of dealing with this situation.
This particular bridge has been known to cause panic attacks among those who drive over it. It is called the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, many people call it simply “Bay Bridge”. It is located in Maryland and connects rural and urban regions of the Eastern and Western Shores. Not a lot of people are fans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It is nearly 200 feet high at its tallest point, and it spans more than four miles in length! So if you have a fear of heights, this bridge is not for you, really. Gephyrophobia is the anxiety disorder or specific phobia characterized by the fear of bridges. As a result, sufferers of gephyrophobia may avoid routes that will take them over bridges.
WTOP News gives us a brief history about this architectural marvel:
“In 1947, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Governor Lane, passed legislation to begin bridge construction. Construction on the bridge began in 1949 and opened to traffic on July 30, 1952. The construction cost was $45 million. At that time, it was the longest continuous over-water steel structure and third longest bridge in the world… The Bay Bridge is 186 feet high at its highest point — high enough to accommodate ocean-going vessels and ships and to give passengers a bird’s eye view of some beautiful scenery”.
A lot of drivers are just afraid to drive through it. They are mostly scared of possible car accident, weather condition, waves, and so on. Taking into consideration that this problem is rather widespread, some people decided to create a business and make money off this. For example, this man founded a Bay Bridge Drive-Overs company, which helps drivers overcome their fears.
The woman from the video is extremely scared of driving through the bridge, so she is a constant client of this company. She pays $25 to the man, who sits in her car, and drives her through the bridge. It makes her a little more relaxed and calm. In the video, the driver says that the woman is her nineteenth client today. It means that quite a lot of people prefer to hire special drivers to get from one shore to another.
We don’t know when she will be cured, but we hope that will happen soon.