Most of you reading this have probably experienced some kind of close encounter with fate on the roads at one point or another.
However, we’re willing to bet you haven’t seen how hairy things can really get for drivers around the world, especially at the following locations.
So seatbelts on and brace for impact…here are just some of the world’s most dangerous roads…
Stelvio Pass, Italy
This route looks like enough to drive anyone round the bend! The sharp, mountainous twists and turns make for a very tricky journey indeed. Buckle up before you take it on!
The fact that this road is also nicknamed “The Highway of Death” doesn’t exactly invite confidence. Thousands die every year on Brazil’s second longest road due to its poor upkeep and maintenance…not to mention threats from gangs and bandits! No thanks.
The Way to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of its name – in reality this is a seriously narrow and dangerous 10 km road that leads to Nanga Parbat or ‘The Killer Mountain’ in Pakistan. We’ll pass, thanks.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
By Alicia Nijdam from Cordoba, Argentina. Image source
Lose your grip on these perilously narrow valley roads and expect a long way down and a painful landing! Known as the ‘Road of Death’ – as well as being often cited as the most dangerous road in the world – it’s not uncommon for buses and trucks to fall to the depths.
Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Crossing from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, and one of the world’s longest roads. Pass this way and you’ll be navigating through forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Not exactly a top pick for a lazy Sunday road trip.
Cotopaxi Volcano Road, Ecuador
One of the most dangerous sections that branch off the Pan American highway, trailing this 40km dirt track is no laughing matter. Enormous potholes, slippery slopes, and all around precarious driving conditions make this route a bit of an uphill struggle.
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
The narrow and winding curves that make up this road means that drivers actually require a special permit to drive here. If you come across someone heading in the opposite direction then…well…good luck.
Doesn’t sound too dangerous does it? However, this stretch of road between Oxford and Aberystwyth is for some reason responsible for an unusually high number of head on collisions. So many instances in fact that the British government had to step in with countermeasures.
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
The records really do speak for themselves. This infamous road is responsible for around 7,500 deaths for every 100,000 drivers, due to rock slides, avalanches, and poor weather.
No thanks, we’ll walk.
U.S. Route 431, USA, Alabama
Dubbed as the ‘Highway to Hell’ and voted one of “America’s Deadliest Highways” by Readers Digest in 2000, Route 431 is littered with hazards including poor visibility, sudden 2-4 lane changes and speeding, all of which contribute to poor decision making and fatalities.