Have you ever gotten scared to death while driving in a new place? Maybe you were riding on one of the most dangerous roads in the world! In this list, we gathered 13 roads that are not for the faint of heart. Do you dare to go?
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
Located in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, this road is so dangerous that if you rent a car the insurance won’t be honored in case you drive here!
The road was built between 1883 and 1890, during the gold rush and, back then, it was considered a great engineering feat. However, about 130 years later, many sections of the road remain the same as the original ones.
It’s 16.5 miles of beautiful scenery and breathtaking views, only for the brave.
Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
Even though this road is one of the most dangerous in the world, it has a lot of traffic because of its spectacular views. This means that tour buses, cars, scooters and bikers all fight for space in this narrow road carved out in the rocks.
Taroko Gorge Road is full of blind curves and sharp turns through mountains and cliffs. Plus, the heavy rainfall and typhoons make it hard to keep the road in good condition. However, if you are brave enough to drive here, you will get to see the beauty of Taroko National Park and Taroko Gorge.
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
This road has an incredibly shocking record of 7,500 deaths per 100,000 users. The reason? Continuous landslides, mudslides, avalanches, hairpin turns and cliffs.
This 1,330-mile-long highway connects Chengdu, in Sichuan, with Lhasa, in Tibet, in an area called Kham, and it is a regular route for truck drivers.
James Dalton Highway, Alaska
This is the loneliest road in the world. Stretching over 414 miles, it connects Fairbanks to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields in the Arctic Ocean and it serves mostly truck drivers. Along the way there are only three towns, so anyone driving here should take provisions for a long time.
Even though the road is paved in some parts, about three fourths of it are not. The weather makes driving even harder, with the road always covered in ice.
The road honors James Dalton, the Alaskan engineer who directed and supervised its construction in 1974.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
The Chinese government found it unnecessary to build a road to the village if Guoliang, which had only 300 inhabitants. So, the locals took it as their mission to do what the government didn’t do for them.
13 workers with little to no knowledge in road building started the construction in 1972. Several of them died during the endeavor but the others kept going and, after 5 years, the little village of Guoliang was connected to the rest of the world through a tunnel that is 0.75 miles long, 16 ft tall and 13ft wide.
Because of the way it was built, this tunnel is particularly dangerous when it rains and when it is dark.
Zojila Pass, India
The Zojila Pass, or Zoji La Pass, may be fairly short, at only 5.6 miles long, but it definitely one of the most dangerous in the world. It is a dirt road with no guardrails or traffic signs, and with lots of steep cliffs. Landslides are a continuous problem on this road that connects Ladakh and Kashmir.
To make things even harder, vehicles on this road often have to share it with live stock.
North Yungas Road (The Road of Death), Bolivia
This road has the nickname of “Road of Death”. If this is not enough to convince you to stay away from this Bolivian road, maybe its 200-300 deaths per year are. This is because of incredibly low visibility caused by thick fog and the more than 200 hairpin turns. Plus, the 50 miles of one-lane road have several vertical drops of as much as 3,000 feet into the Amazon rainforest below.
Coincidentally, the South Yungas Road has not a much better reputation than its North counterpart.
The Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Connecting Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, in Russia, the Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest highways in the world, with 6,800 miles, despite being mostly unpaved. It was built by gulag inmates and varies from nice motorway in the west t very poor roads in the east. Even though road conditions are good for most of the year, it can get a mess of a quagmire during the rainy season.
Stelvio Pass Road, Italy
The third highest pass in the Alps is not particularly scary but it has given drivers countless problems in the past, as it is considered the most winding road in the world.
The Road to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
Judging by the name of this road, you would think it is completely harmless. Well, you would be wrong. It is extremely narrow and dangerous, unpaved, unmaintained and has no guardrails. Plus, it climbs 8,000 miles in a short distance. Its 6.6 miles lead to “The Killer Mountain” of Pakistan.
"C-1", The Philippines
Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines, is nicknamed by the locals as the “Killer Highway”. This is due to the incredibly high number of deaths that occur here every year. The reason is related to very heavy traffic, including cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt
While most of the roads on this list are here for natural reasons, Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, in Egypt, makes it to the list for a completely different reason. While the road itself is safe to drive in, the attacks by bandits and terrorists make it extremely dangerous.
Criminals shoot at drivers to rob them and, therefore, many chose to drive with lights off during the night. This leads to a very high number of head-on collisions and fatal accidents.
The A44, linking Oxford to Aberystwyth, is apparently harmful. But there are countless deaths here every year. Part of the reason is the fact that A44 changes which side of the road is driven on, causing confusion and, ultimately, accidents.