There are some dangerous roads in the world where driving is not as easy as every driver here plays with death every moment. Despite this, people’s movement continues on such dangerous roads. Such dangerous roads are a matter of concern. In this article, we will introduce you to some of the most famous and most dangerous roads in the world.
1. North Ugaas Road, Bolivia Ugas
North Ugans Road is a 64-kilometer-long road. This road is very slippery due to this, during the driving, the tires of the trains slide down to the trench. The slopes of this road are narrow and dangerous. There are many places where two cars can not even cross. This road is known as The Road of Death. It also has the status of the world’s most dangerous road. According to the research report, 200-300 people die every year on this road.The route includes the Cotapata-Santa Bárbara section that replaced the old “Road of Death”, currently reserved exclusively for cycling activities. The road was built in 1930. Because of steep slopes, a narrow single track, lack of guardrails, rain, and fog, the road was considered dangerous.[
2. Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines
Commonwealth Avenue road is named after Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, which was named after the father of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Don Mariano Avenue Lane was built in the 1960s. This highway is 12.4 km tall and is till Quezon city. The city of Quezon is the capital of the Philippines. Lots of accidents occur here due to excessive traffic, and it is one of the dangerous roads.
3. James Dalton Highway, Alaska
Stretching from Fairbanks to the North of Alaska, James Dalton is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The weather conditions on this road are horrible and the strong winds that scatter small rocks all over the place don’t make driving here any easier. Around 300 accidents happen on this road every year, which might not seem like a lot but you should also remember that not too many people attempt driving on it. Commonwealth Avenue formerly known as Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, named after the father of President Ferdinand Marcos, is a 12.4-kilometer (7.7 mi) highway located in Quezon City, Philippines, which spans from 6 to 18 lanes and is the widest in the Philippines. It is one of the major roads in Metro Manila and is designated as part of Radial Road 7 (R-7) of the older Manila arterial road system and National Route 170 (N170) of the Philippine highway network.
4. BR-116, Brazil
This road wears the nickname ‘Rodovia de Morte’, meaning the Highway of Death. It’s by far the most dangerous road in Brazil because it’s poorly maintained and gangs and bandits are stationed along the way. Additionally, the highway has a winding design that looks amazing from above but it’s definitely not easy to drive on it. In fact, the BR-116 has the world’s highest concentration of big rigs on a road. One of the most important highways in Brazil and the second longest, its 4,490 kilometers (2,790 mi) connect Fortaleza, Ceará, one of the largest Northeast Brazil metropolises, to the southern city of Jaguarão, Rio Grande do Sul, in the border with Uruguay. It is also the longest highway in the country to be completely paved.
5. Zoji La Pass, India
Zoji La is a high mountain pass in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, located on National Highway 1 between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. It separates Kashmir Valley to its west from Dras Valley to its northeast. It is around 3528 m (11, 649 ft) above the sea level. This road is quite thin and on the rainy days, there is a lot of mud accumulated, which affects the traffic here. Due to heavy snowfall, this route remains closed for a long period of time.
6.Taroko Kanth Road, Taiwan
Guoliang Tunnel is one of the world’s most famous tunnels. It is located in the Tahenagh mountains of China in the 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) long and 4 meters (13 feet) in Henan province. Built by 13 local villagers in the Taihang Mountains (many of whom died during construction). It is one of the famous Chinese tunnel roads. To drive on this road requires concentration like a monk. Here too, one mistake can put you in big trouble. Not only it is one of the steepest roads in the world, but it’s become one of the area’s top tourist attractions to be visited.
7. Taroko Kanth Road, Taiwan
Taroko Kanth road is one of Taiwan’s most dangerous roads. The Taroco gorge rises through the narrow rocks and the middle of the mountains. There are many blind turns and fast turns in this road, due to which driving here is very dangerous. This national park was originally established as the Tsugitaka-Taroko National Park. Taroko is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River. The park spans Taichung Municipality, Nantou County, and Hualien County. And is located at 972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township.
8. Pasubio, Italy
Pasubio is famous for its beautiful scenery in northern Italy. But driving here is extremely dangerous. Pasubio road is a narrow and winding road. Despite the bans of four-wheelers on this road, people go there on bikes. It is also known as 52 Tunnel Road, or Strada Della Prima Armata (“Road of the First Army”) is a military mule road built during World War I on the Pasubio massif in Veneto, Italy. With the assistance of six hundred men the 6,555-metre long pathway, of which 2,280 is divided into 52 tunnels was excavated from the rock; each tunnel which is numbered measures a minimum width of 2.20 m allowing the transit of two mules and much-needed supplies while still being used as defensive positions.
9. Halsema Highway, Philippines
Halsema highway leads to heavy landslides. This road is safe in just two months, March and April in the year. For the rest of the year, this road is not less than a nightmare due to heavy rains, fog, falling rocks, mud. Every year, these roads are repaired once or twice. Halsema Highway (also known Baguio-Bontoc Road or Mountain Trail) has a length of 150 km and it’s a two- to the four-lane highway that stretches from Baguio City to Bontoc, Mountain Province, in the Philippines. In its highest point, it reaches up to 7,400 feet above sea level and it is considered the highway with the highest altitude in the Philippines. Fortunately, dangerous is no longer the case for Halsema Highway. Renovations have greatly improved the construction that was put in place when the road opened in 1930.
10. Skipper Valley Road, New Zealand
To drive in this narrow and winding road requires special experience. You have a special experience to drive, only then can you challenge the slippery road of Skipper Valley road. Skippers Canyon is a historic and scenic gorge, some 22 kilometers in length, several kilometers north of Queenstown, New Zealand. This gravel road, with a length of 16,5 miles, carved by hand by miners over 140 years ago is made from a very narrow cut in the middle of a sheer cliff face. It’s a road so dangerous that your rental car insurance won’t be honored if you drive on it. The road is so narrow that if two vehicles have to pass each other, one vehicle might have to reverse for anything up to 3 kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It’s one of only two roads in the country where rental car insurance is not honored if driven on.
11. Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
The Karakorum Highway connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 meters (15,397 ft) above the sea level. The road is one of the scariest and hair raising jeep trip in the world. 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and fall, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road. The road has a length of 1,300 km (800 mi): Pakistan: 887 km (551 mi) and China: 413 km (257 mi). It was started in 1959 and was completed in 1986 after 27 years of corded drilling and construction. This is a dangerous road because of the mountainous route, heavy fog, snowfall, floods, etc. Not only that, attacks of robbers and terrorists are common in some places, because of which it is considered very insecure. The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world.
12. Luxor-al-Cairo Road, Egypt
This highway of the desert area is extremely dangerous. Local people advise staying away from this route because this road passes through deserted areas. Terrorist and criminal activities are more in this area. The road that links the ancient city of Luxor in southern Egypt and Hurghada, the regional hub for several scuba diving resorts on the Red Sea, is a death trap. It’s extremely dangerous with many head-on collisions and fatal accidents due to drivers not turning on their headlights. The reason for drivers keeping their lights off is because bandits and terrorists patrol the roads and shoot at drivers. On 17 November 1997, six gunmen from the Islamic group Jihad Talaat al-Fath shot and killed 62 German tourists in Luxor in a massacre that resulted in a massive government crackdown that endures today.
13. Perdikaki-Patiopoulo, Greece
Perdikaki-Patiopoulo is a hill and 23,5 km long road. This highway is located in the north-east part of Greece. It is located 700 meters above sea level. There are dangerous turns in this place and as there is no barrier on the edges of this road, doubles the risk of danger. The 23.5 kilometer long pits made in this road make it more dangerous. At the same time, due to narrowing, large vehicles can not even twist properly. However, natural scenes along this roadside are spectacular, but a mistake is enough to take life. There is no signboard on the turn so that the train going straight down can fall down directly from the hill. The road is very steep. The elevation gain is 824m (2,706ft) with some sections up to 21.8%. The road starts in Perdikaki a village at an elevation of 700m above the sea level, and winds uphill to Patiopoulo, rising to an altitude of 1,160m.
14. Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
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. None-the-less 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 takes you through vast, open landscapes with majestic peaks vaulting skyward. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is also infamously known for bad driving surfaces and sharp mountain-side hairpins. Driving along single track sections in bad weather can be a great challenge to a less experienced driver. Travelers can enjoy the magnificent and changeable scenery ranging from warm spring to cold and snowing winter, which makes you intoxicated.