Fear of driving: bridges

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland (nearly 7 km long) is so frightening to some drivers, there is a service that will drive you across the bridge in your own car.  BBC News Magazine spent a day with a driver who works for the service. Read the article and see the video here.


Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Wikipedia

Chesapeake Bay Bridge – homepage

Is the fear of driving over a bridge (or fear of driving in general) any different than any other fear, and therefore, would the ‘cure’ be the same? If a person goes through their entire life being afraid of spiders (or heights, or whatever else), and every time they see one, they scream and run away; well that is probably fine in the grand scheme of things, since the worst thing that can happen is, well, the screaming and running away part, and possibly a spider bite. But driving? Maybe one can survive for a while without driving over a certain bridge or without driving at all. But one day in an emergency situation where they may be the only person capable of driving, what if they weren’t able to? That could be the difference between life and death. Something to consider.

Are there people in the Vancouver area who refuse to drive over the Lions Gate Bridge? What about the Iron Workers Memorial Crossing? Or the Puttullo? If there was a service that would drive you and your vehicle across the bridge, would you use it?

‘They say’ that to beat fear, we must face fear. Read about facing your fears and self-help guide here – Phobias and Fears: Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Help.

Perhaps if people face their fears, they will find that it is not actually so bad to drive over any of these bridges. Logically, it doesn’t make sense to fear bridges based on collision statistics. A fear of intersections seems much more logical, since that is where collisions occur most frequently.

Second Narrows Bridge 2011


Lions Gate Bridge


Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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