Sometimes driving down the freeway seems like a dangerous thing to do. Accidents could happen, reckless drivers on the lose or animals suddenly pop out of nowhere. It seems like a death-defying act that could give you a heart attack anytime.
But if driving down the freeway seems like a death sentence to you, wait till you see these most dangerous roads around the world. These drivers must be drunk or just really gutsy to drive these insane roads.
These roads also have high death rates. The people who live around these areas depend on these roads for their daily transportation so consider yourself lucky.
About 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents every year. The World Health Organization has declared 2011-2021, “A decade of action for road safety.” But while many of those deaths could be prevented by better driving, there are some roads that test the skill, and courage, of any driver. Let’s check them out.
15. Stelvio Pass
At 9045 feet this mountain pass in Northern Italy is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps. How’s that for height? Just looking at this mountain pass will make your stomach turn. The roads looked like it was doodled by a toddler.
The road climbs almost two kilometers and, with just a low concrete barrier between you and the steep mountain drop, it’s best not to look down. A bit too much speed on one of the road’s 60 180-degree corners could spell disaster. We’ll take the freeway anytime than this.
14. Mexican Federal Highway 1
The Mexican Federal Highway 1 stretches the length of the Baja California Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas, at the southern end to Tijuana in the north. It is often called the Carretera Transpeninsular or Transpeninsular Highway and most of its length have two lanes. Construction was completed in 1973 and it’s official name is “Carretera Transpeninsular Benito Juarez” or the Benito Juarez Transpeninsular Highway. Named after one of Mexico’s most revered heroes.
Although not all parts of the highway are life-threatening because of its length, it cannot be avoided that the road would need to pass through mountains. Just like this part. This is definitely more heart pounding than a roller coaster ride.
13. Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road
Perdikaki-Patiopoulo is a mountain road found in the northeastern part of Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece. This road is a steep climb and descent. Over the length of the road, the elevation changes nearly 500 meters. It’s full of twists and turns and the road is also incredibly narrow with a sheer drop on the edges with veery low and unstable railings to protect vehicles from falling off the edge.
No wonder many people die on the road every year. Without any signs and warnings, judging distance from the edge is extremely difficult and avoiding the drops even in the light of day is hard enough but the problem is even more evident at night when most accidents happen. The area is also prone to heavy mist and fog and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. With no lights in the dark then this is definitely a recipe for disaster.
12. Sichuan-Tibet Highway
The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is a high-elevation road that begins in Chengdu of Sichuan on the east and ends at Lhasa in Tibet on the west. The road is 2,142km long. Despite the challenging roadway, it’s a regular route for truck drivers heading to the roof of the world.
The Sichuan-Tibet Highway originally called the Kangding-Tibet Highway will take you through wide, open landscapes with majestic peaks almost touching the sky. The plateau areas are peppered with Tibetan houses and an infinite number of yaks. Travelers can enjoy the breathtaking view and changeable scenery ranging from warm spring to cold and snowing winter, which is intoxicating. This climate will be changing in front of you and the trip may take around 15 days if you are not in a hurry. The highway is also infamously known for bad driving surfaces. Driving along single track sections in bad weather can be really challenging to a less experienced driver. Landslides and rock avalanches are also common.
The road is not paved which makes it a mud trap during the rainy season. The real danger is not in getting stuck in the jam but in the hostilities that come up among bored drivers stuck in the mud for weeks. There are constant fights, theft, harassment, and even kidnappings for money.