It’s easy to fall into a routine when you have the same commute to and from work each day. You could probably drive it blindfolded because you’re so familiar with all of the twists, turns, stops, and bumps in the road, right?
While many streets certainly feature their fair share of potholes and sharp curves, there are some around the world that are much more than perilous.
These 20 roads in particular are so dangerous that no one in their right mind would ever drive on them!
1. Stelvio Pass, Northern Italy: This paved road—located in the Ortler Alps of Italy—is most often utilized by brave cyclists, but that doesn’t make it any less treacherous. Rising more than 9,000 feet above sea level and featuring a total of 48 sharp U-turns, only the most well-trained athletes are up to the challenge.
2. Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt: You might be surprised a roadway in good condition would make this list, but this path connecting the city of Luxor to the Egyptian Red Sea is dangerous for totally unrelated reasons. That’s because terrorists and bandits hide there and prey on drivers passing through.
3. Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan: Not only is this dangerous road perched way up on a mountaintop, but it’s filled with sharp turns, blindspots, and extremely narrow passes. You’d better watch out, because traveling here is an accident waiting to happen.
4. Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand: This single-lane roadway was took 22 years to construct, and it was meant to improve access to those partaking in the gold rush in Skippers Canyon. It’s so narrow that cars can’t even pass each other. There aren’t any guard rails, either. Yikes!
5. Halsema Highway, Philippines: Located on Luzon Island, this runs along the Cordillera Valley from Baguio to Bontoc. That may sound all fine and good, but constant fear of falling rocks and landslides on this unpaved road make it extremely treacherous for travelers.
6. Passage du Gois, France: If you have plans to travel this road, you’d better know how to swim. That’s because it’s completely submerged twice a day by high tide! Tourists become stuck in the water so often that officials had to install a series of rescue towers lining its entirety.
7. Tianmen Mountain Road, China: Stretching a little over six miles, this route has some serious elevation gain—try 3,937 feet! It also features a grand total of 99 turns. By the time you finish driving it, you’ll be too dizzy to function.
8. Eyre Highway, Australia: At 1,041 miles, this stretch of road is both long and lonely. In fact, it boasts the longest straight road portion in Australia at 90 miles. The reason it’s so dangerous is its length. Driver fatigue is so common that people frequently die in accidents while traveling it.
9. Karakoram Highway, stretching from China to Pakistan: This dangerous road is popular with tourists because it’s so high up—15,466 feet, to be exact. People flock from all over the world to give this windy, guard rail-less route a go.
10. Zoji La Pass, India: Not only is this road’s elevation—over 11,000 feet!—disorienting to drivers, but the route itself is incredibly narrow. Driving it in winter conditions is so dangerous that it’s actually closed during that time of year.
11. The North Yungas Road, Bolivia: It’s easy to understand why the Inter-American Development Bank named this route the most dangerous road in the world in 1995. Traveling it is so deadly that it averages between 200 and 300 fatalities a year. Thankfully, in 2006, it was replaced in 2006 with a safer route.
12. Guoliang Tunnel Road, China: First opened in May 1977, this dangerous road was built by local villagers, which helps explain its poor conditions. Not only is it really narrow, but it lingers high in the sky and doesn’t have guard rails, other than the the natural caves through which it winds.
13. Arica to Iquique Road, Chile: This extremely dangerous route is so steep, windy, and narrow that cars often tumble down deep into the valley. Drivers also report having seen skeletons inside of crushed cars at different points along the stretch.
14. Siberian Road to Yakutsk, Russia: Situated in one of the coldest portions of Russia, the winters here are so extreme that heavy snow, reduced visibility, and ice frequently lead to fatalities. Making matters worse, it’s riddled with crater-sized pot holes.
15. The James Dalton Highway, Alaska: Stretching over 400 miles, this extremely long gravel road is mostly used as a supply route. The harsh winter conditions are so bad that it’s practically impossible to see. There also aren’t any places to refuel, which frequently causes drivers to become stranded.
16. Trollstigen, Norway: An addition to the Norwegian National Road, this windy and extremely steep road—it has a nine percent incline!—is a popular tourist attraction. Unfortunately, driving it isn’t very safe, resulting in frequent fatal accidents.
17. The A682, England: This 14-mile-long route is dangerous for a number of reasons, but the steep and winding inclines and declines take the cake. Over the past 10 years, there have been about 100 fatalities.
18. Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan: This craggy route at the base of the 26,600-foot-high Nanga Parbat might appear to be a rock climber’s dream, but for drivers? Not so much. Not only is the six-mile stretch of road extremely narrow, but there are no guard rails protecting you from plummeting to your death.
19. Grand Trunk Road, India: Stretching 1,500 miles from Pakistan to Bangladesh, this road built in the 16th century is dangerous for an odd reason. It’s not because of its height, but because of its congestion, which causes many fatal car accidents each year.
20. Cotopaxi Volcano Road, Ecuador: Linking the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park to the Pan American Highway, this stretch of road is treacherous for several reasons. Not only does smoke from the active volcano frequently reduce visibility, but the sloping hills are extremely slippery.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would willingly choose to drive down these roads. Yet so many people seem to do it regularly anyway!
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