What are the most dangerous roads in the world? You might think that South African roads are bad, and whilst it’s true that there are plenty of accidents, that doesn’t necessarily mean that South African roads are terrible. In fact, a look down this list might calm your fears a little!
The South African government is actually making a huge effort to improve the state of the nation’s 65,000 kilometres of roads. In 1998 the National Road Agency was formed in order to specifically improve the state of roads as well as road safety in the country. But other nations aren’t quite as lucky…
Here is our list of 10 of the most dangerous roads in the world. If you’re going driving here, you might want to up your car insurance a little, and maybe invest in some life insurance whilst you’re at it…
1. The Death Road, Bolivia
As the name implies, the 65 kilometer stretch of road between Bolivia’s capital of La Paz and the Amazon region of Coroico is one of the deadliest in the world. Between 200 and 300 travelers are killed on this road every year, due to its narrowness and the steepness of the drop should you go off track.
2. Ruta 5, Chile
This stretch of road from Arica to Iquique in Chile is famous for the number of accidents it causes. That’s due to a steep drop, certainly, but also to the incredible speeds that drivers make on this road. If you’re driving here, you might want to check out our tips for driving safely!
3. The Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
This road, with it’s curving, narrow shape looks pretty dangerous, but the real danger is the tunnel. The tunnel itself is 1,200 metres long, but only 5 metres high and 4 metres wide. Drive through the Guoliang Tunnel at your own risk!
4. Nanga Parbat Pass, Pakistan
Believe it or not there IS a road through these mountains, and it’s a risky one too. Unpaved, narrow, and with high altitude the Nanga Parbat Pass road might be beautiful, but it’s also very, very dangerous.
5. The Road to Yakutsk, Russia
Russian roads are infamous for being dangerous, but this road, leading from Moscow to the Northern town of Yakutsk, is particularly so. In the winter you’ll be driving through blizzards and fog. But in the summer, you’ll be driving through a swamp as the road itself is unpaved. It might be worth buying a plane ticket instead…
6. BR-116, Brazil
This road might look beautiful, but Brazilians call it the Rodovia de Morte, or road of death. Not only is BR-116 poorly maintained in many stretches, but there are also bandits and gangs stationed along the road to rob you, even if you don’t get into a car accident…
7. The James Dalton Highway, USA
America might not top your list of countries that have the most dangerous roads, but this road in Alaska is so risky that most insurance companies won’t cover you if you drive it. It’s isolated, snowy in the winter, and more importantly is the main supply route for tankers and large trucks going to Alaska’s oil fields. That means that you’re sharing the road with the biggest vehicles around. And if you get stuck? There’s no help for miles…
8. Zoji La, India
A high, mountain pass through the Himalayas, the Zoji La road is narrow, icy, and strewn with the wreckage of other cars and buses. The road is thought to be responsible for over 100,000 deaths each year, making it one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
9. Trollstigen, Norway
Wait, a dangerous road in Scandinavian paradise? Exactly. The Trollstigen has a 9% gradient plus a whopping eleven hairpin bends. You’ll need some fantastic driving skills to make it all the way down this one!
10. The Kabul to Jalalabad Road, Afghanistan
This road has it all: sharp drops, no paving, terrible drivers. Oh, and it’s Taliban territory too. It’s going to take far more than great driving skills to get you all the way from Kabul to Jalalabad in one piece!
As you can see above, some drivers just have naturally awesome driving skills, and you might be one of them. But even the best drivers in the world are at risk on the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world. It’s not all about skill, it’s about luck too, and you’d have to be feeling pretty lucky to make it through any of these ten drives!
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