This Bridge Is So Scary That People Actually Pay To Avoid Driving On It | 22 Words

Everyone has fears, but some of them are more rational than others. A fear of heights is a pretty common one, but this bridge terrifies drivers whether they have a history of that fear or not.

Behold, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge!

This impressive piece of architecture runs a hefty 4.3 miles long. This one bridge is longer than some daily commutes to work!

The bridge towers over 350 feet in height, which allows boats to pass underneath it.

And also induces vertigo for any driver who looks down while making the nerve-wracking crossing.

The size of the bridge scares so many people, that there is actually a service that will drive your car across the bridge for you.

As ridiculous as that sounds, it's true. I don't know how your driver is supposed to get back after he takes you across, but I guess that's not your problem...

The only way to get across the Chesapeake Bay is by using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Which can become quite time-consuming if traffic isn't kind. (And it rarely is.)

Before the bridge was built, people had to take a ferry to get across the bay.

Some people might prefer a ferry to the vomit-inducing height of the bridge, despite the eternity a ferry would take.

The bridge isn't always fast itself though.

I actually drove on this bridge twice, and the height never bothered me as much as the incredible slow traffic did. It made Los Angeles look like a motor speedway!

Regardless, the bridge is an awe-inspiring structure that many marvel at...when their stomachs aren't turning somersaults.

Plus, it is the only way across the bay so I can't be too hard on it. We have no excuse like that for the traffic in Los Angeles; there are plenty of ways to get around!

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge turned 65-years-old this week.

So if you ever find yourself in Maryland, be sure to check out this display of mankind's architectural muscles. (If you'd prefer to do it from the safety and comfort of the shores, that's...understandable.)