Do you think you are an experienced driver who can drive anywhere? You probably don’t know death roads! From England to Norway, passing through the Andes to Bolivia: here’s the most dangerous roads in the world.
For thousands of years the roads have provided a safe and efficient means of transporting goods and people. However, some of them are busy arteries with very high frequency of fatal accidents, others are high, narrow and winding roads, absolutely frightening to go, while most are lost lines in remote corners of the world. Of one thing I’m sure: this ranking will convince you to re-evaluate the roads you usually frequent!
Probably this is the top 37 blood-bathing roads that even the best driver would want to avoid and in which where tonnes of accidents have happened:
1. Road of Death – Bolivia
North Yungas Road or amicably Bolivia’s Road of Death, with its 70 km and almost 3,600 meters down to narrow curves, is widely accepted as the most dangerous road in the world. Moreover, this narrow road with the fog and vapours have taken many drivers’ lives. Instead of shrieking while passing this mortal road, you’d better concentrate on how to survive in such a disturbing driving scenario. Obviously the road is crossed by many buses and trucks, which have no other way to reach the valley below….
2. Siberian Road to Yakutsk – Russia
The Siberian Road is the only possible road to Yakutsk City, Russia. People have no choice but take risk, and if it would take them five hours in normal conditions, after the rain the road gets paralysed and it’s an absolute disaster when people are in a chaos seeking warm clothes and food while being stuck in a 100-km long car line-ups. One woman has even given birth to a baby on a bus stuck in the mud.
3. Georgian Military Road – Russia
The 220-kilometres long Georgian Military Road runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia). The road was started by Russian military in 1799 and completed in 1863. It was a major cause of the fight between Russian troops and Caucasian mountaineers in 19th century.
4. Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh Roads
Believe it or not, there’s no road going straight to Everest Base Camp, so you have to walk for miles to get there (but above all, have you ever wondered how it really is to climb Mount Everest?). However, you will never have the second chance to drive along this road if you underestimate it: try best to control your car, because this snowy road is not as easy to drive on as it looks.
5. Guoliang Tunnel Road – China
Guoliang Tunnel Road is pretty unusual with its 30 windows of various sizes and shapes. The road is not as deadly as Bolivian Yungas Road but is spooky enough when you look down the bottomless cavity but, above all, at those weird rocks hanging from above the cliff.
6. Sichuan-Tibet Highway – China
Make sure you get your vehicle and yourself well-prepared before driving on Sichuan-Tibet Highway, a high-elevation road between Chengdu and Tibet. Rocks avalanches and landslides are not uncommon on this -already- rough road.
7. Taroko Gorge Road – Taiwan
You might like turns and switchbacks, but your life is still hung by a thread: despite its beautiful panoramic view, Taroko Gorge Road can take your breath away and you might even need to observe a view of your grave instead.
8. Los Caracoles Pass, between Chile and Argentina
Los Caracoles Pass, a very steep road and a mountain pass between Chile and Argentina, features a countless tough twists among the drought most of the year. Really the right place if you’ve car sickness!
9. Arica to Iquique Road, Chile
Going along it, the road may seem rather harmless. But apparently, drivers, lulled by a false sense of security, increase speed. For this reason, the journey often ends in disaster.
10. The Skippers Canyon Road – New Zealand
It is unbelievably scary as it’s totally narrow and different to manouvre your car. There is no possibility of two cars to pass each other. The road requests a lot of concentration and requires special permission to drive. If you can get the permit, though, you need to be ready for the challenge. I wish you good luck if someone coming from the opposite direction arrives on the road!
11. Pan American Highway – Costa Rica
This is nicknamed “Hill of Death” and has drastic insane portions. It’s the stretch from San Isidro de El General to Cartago and is filled with steep curves (and potholes).
12. Cotopaxi Volcan road – Ecuador
The 25-mile road leads to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance by crossing a swift quickly-moving steam. Watch every single second you take at the road, or you would never reach the National Park…
13. Highway 1 – Mexico
While some stretches of Highway 1 in Mexico are paved, most are little more than earth and rocks. With the lack of shoulders, guard rails and deficient road signs, Highway 1, the road from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas is extremely dangerous indeed.
14 – BR116, Brazil
The second longest street in Brazil has been dubbed the “highway of death”, for obvious reasons. Every year thousands of people die due to poor maintenance. It is also trafficked by a large number of gangs and bandits.
15. Halsema Highway, Philippines
The only way to get to Sagada, a popular holiday place in the Philippines, is via the Halsema Highway, a route that is constantly at risk of landslides. Moreover, It is one of the poorest maintenance roads in the world. Every year at least one bus derails at the roadside. The 150-mile road is almost impassable in the rainy season. There happens a lot of accidents every year thanks to over 300-meters drop offs with no guardrail.
16. Highway 21 – South of St. Louis, United States
The winding 2-lane stretch, Highway 21, is truly deadly and counts 31 casualties since 1991. The sign “Caution: Driving Blood Alley” has been put by a father of a 19-year-old boy who died in the accident here. Highway 21 always gets flooded which makes it doubly dangerous.
17. U.S. Route 431, between Seale and Eufaula, Alabama- United States
The road, regarded as “Highway to Hell”, has claimed a worrying number of accidents and victims since 1985: thirty seven white crosses have been placed along the road, representing a memory of people passed away. Recently sixty kids were killed in a bus-track crash, but the road is still frequented by local school buses.
18. State Route 138, east of Palmdale – California, United States
Fifty six people have been killed on a 38-mile stretch of State Route 138 over the past five years. Commuters and other vehicles are at high risk with this non-guardrail road, especially on one particular spot that is as high as 18-meters drop.
19. U.S. Route 6 – California, United States
The mother of an accident victim killed in a 1998 collision on “Suicide Six” on the 60-year-old U.S. Route 6 has been battling for the road to be widened in order to prevent further fatalities. The three miles of Route 6 just before it enters Connecticut are the most dangerous.
20. U.S. Route 6, between Price and Spanish Fork – Utah, United States
A woman who lost her mother in an accident on Route 6 is trying to have the road developed after her friend died 28 years after the woman’s mother passed away at almost the same spot: a narrow stretch down to a canyon.
21. The Southern State Parkway – New York, United States
The Southern State Parkway has been labelled by the State Department of Transportation as the most dangerous state road on Long Island.
22. Route 110- New York, United States
The Route 110 just north of the Southern State and south of Main Street in Farmingdale has been described as one of the most dangerous spots in Long Island’s state routes. The road saw 68 accidents with two fatalities and many injuries over the last two years.
23. Route 12 – New York, United States
Route 112 just north of the Long Island Expressway in Medford has also been in the list of the most dangerous roads. The list is supported by 41 accidents with one victim.
24. The Barton Highway – Australia
The Barton Highway is considered the most deadly highway in Australia and has been a hot spot for countless accidents. It is supported by the frightening statistics of over 110 crashes, 11 fatalities and some 100 injured since 2001.
25. Brisbane Valley Highway – Australia
Bruce Highway between Innisfail and Cairns is rated as one of the riskiest sections of highway in the country and it seems $2 billion is requested to improve the road. It is more likely to have a crash on this stretch of the highway than any other section of the national network in Australia.
26. Captain Cook Highway – Australia
Despite the fact that the Captain Cook Highway is a short Queensland highway and also one of the most popular routes in Australia used by lots of tourists, the highway is regarded as one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
27. Pasubio – Italy
Pasubio is Italian ancient road which was converted to a hiking trail for mountain bike lovers due to its scary tunnels, cliffs and splendid scenic views. If you are too much into speed craze and even take your eye out of the road, bear in mind your life could be most short. Even if access to vehicles is limited, this did not prevent people to drive beyond the ban.
28. Splugen Pass – Italy
Splugen Pass is a high mountain pass and a boundary between the Lepontine and Rhaaetian Alps. This is not very thrilling but great fun, you can even enjoy the breathtaking experience of it. However, be warned, you should have real guts to drive on this road.
29. Grimsel Pass – Switzerland
This road doesn’t offer much of danger but it’s dubbed one of the world’s most insane roads. Unless you are as good as Lewis Hamilton at handling sharp corners, do not ever try speeding or you will end up visiting a cemetery. Under the ground. Of course.
30. Old road over Saint Gothard Pass – Switzerland
If you are crazy enough to race at the old road over Saint Gothard Pass, make sure you are covered by some sort of life assurance policy…
31. Trollstigen road – Norway
Trollstigen road, a very narrow road in Romsdal County, Rauma region, Norway, has frequent rockfalls on it….
32. Lysebotn Road – Norway
If you aren’t intimidated by the many accidents on Lysebotn Road, Lysefjord, Norway, the road should be real fun to drive on. The road is “only” 1.1 km long tunnel and consists 27 switchbacks including three inside the tunnel.
33. A682 – England
The A682 between junction 13 of the M65 and Long Preston is the worst road in England as it has claimed almost 100 victims over the last ten years. The A682 falls on every collision type: junction and access road crashes, collisions with rigid roadside objects, overtaking crashes. Pedestrian and cyclist collisions and motorcycle crashes.
34. A54 – England
The A54 road links Chester in Cheshire with Buxton in Derbyshire. According to a report done by the Road Safety Foundation for the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) Congleton to Buxton, Derbyshire is considered the second dangerous road in England.
35. A44 – England
The road connecting Oxford to Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom is not as dangerous as the previous ones. For some reason, however, the A44 was responsible for many head-on collisions, so much so that the government had to intervene to limit the damage.
36. A77 – Scotland
The A77, a road in South-West Scotland, is rated in the most 30 dangerous roads in the world. The road runs from Prestwick to Glasglow and has speed camera on a 28-mile stretch.
37. A726 – Scotland
The A726, which is only four miles long, has been labeled by the Road Safety Foundation’s European Road Assessment Programme as Scotland’s most dangerous road. The statistics have showed over 40 fatal accidents over the last 8 years.