Want to explore some of the world’s most dangerous roads? We have got a lot of roads that will scare the sit out of you. The following are in no particular order and the list is far from exhaustive.
“Road of Death”, Bolivia
The North Yungas Road in Bolivia is often cited as being the most dangerous road in the world. Buses and trucks can be regularly seen tumbling off its rather precarious edge. Especially when attempting to overtake one another.
“Killer Highway”, The Philippines
Commonwealth Avenue in the Philippines in Quezon City has seen many pedestrians, cyclist and vehicular collisions and deaths over the years. This is usually attributed to the lack of regulations and law enforcement by local authorities.
James Dalton Highway, Alaska
Despite looking benign on the surface, the James Dalton Highway in Alaska is one of the worlds most dangerous roads. It is often filled with potholes, has a lot of windblown debris and runs through the middle of nowhere.
“The Highway of Death”, Brazil
The BR-116 is the second longest road in Brazil and one of the world’s most dangerous roads. It has certainly earned its nickname as thousands of people die every year on it due to poor maintenance and bandit violence.
Himalayan Road Network
Road networks on throughout the Himalayas are famed for their poor construction quality in places. Unpaved, narrow, slippery roads are often dotted with crashed cars and rolled over buses.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
The Guoliang Tunnel Road was carved out of the side of the mountain by local villagers from the town of Guoliang. Before its construction, the village was practically isolated from the outside world. Because of its construction, it is inherently dangerous.
Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
The Taroko Gorge Road is known as one of the most dangerous roads in Taiwan. It has many blind bends, sharp turns and narrow paths that lead through the cliffs and mountains of the region.
This very dangerous road in Northern Italy is famous for its amazing vistas. Driving it can be challenging, so much so, in fact, that parts of it have restricted vehicular access. This doesn’t, of course, stop cyclists risking their lives on it.
Halsema Highway, Philippines
Back to the Philippines again with the Halsema Highway to the popular tourist destination of Sagada. This road is landslide prone and is generally poorly maintained. Every year one or two buses will roll over its edges.
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
So convoluted is this road that you actually need a permit to drive it. For those who are awarded a permit to drive it are in for a real hair-raising trip. Let’s just hope you don’t need run into someone coming the other way.