The world is full of treacherous and bloody roads that claim a lot of lives and cost millions of dollars. Here are the top ten most dangerous roads around the world.
10. BR 116 (Brazil)
More than four thousand kilometers long and connecting the cities of Fortaleza and Jaguarão, the BR 116 is one of the longest federal roads of Brazil. It is nicknamed the road of death due to the number of deaths that occur here. Most of these deaths are due to complete lack of maintenance, its sharp curves and a large population of gangs and gang related activities.
9. Canning Stock Route(Australia)
The Canning Stock Route of Australia is 1850 km long and is one of the most remotest roads in the world. It takes three weeks to traverse the road and it can’t be done without huge amount of advanced planning. With no fuel stations and any sort of workshops, fuel drops and spare parts are necessary, otherwise the extremely hot and dry weather is lethal.
8. James Dalton Highway(Alaska)
Otherwise known as the Haul Road, the James Dalton Highway is a 414-mile (666 km) long road in Alaska. This road is named after the alaskan born engineer James Dalton and is considered one of the dangerous roads in North America. The road is full of huge potholes, fast and chilling winds that throw small rocks at oncoming traffic and temperatures of -80 degree fahrenheit. The fact that it is actually in the middle of nowhere makes it even more dangerous.
7. Taroko Gorge Road (Taiwan)
The Taroko Gorge Road is a narrow mountain road situated in Taiwan connecting the east and the west coast. It passes through the Taroko National Park and is extremely scenic and beautiful. The road is full of blind curves and sharp turns through cliffs and mountains, in some parts it is so narrow that only one bus can pass at a time. The road faces traffic of every kind from trucks to buses and bikes to pedestrians that make it even more risky to travel on.
6. Skippers Road (New Zealand)
This is a gravel road 16.5 miles long made more than a hundred years old and was hand carved by miners in the south-west of New Zealand. The road is full of car breaking potholes and is so narrow that in some places cars have to backup to give way to other vehicles and there are no guardrails for the most of its parts. The road is so dangerous that rental cars are prohibited to travel on it as insurance companies won’t honor their insurance.
5. Stelvio Pass (Italy)
The highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and the second highest in the Alps, Stelvio Pass in Northern Italy is situated at a height of 2757 meter above sea level. Stelvio Pass is a marvelous feat of engineering and is one of the most scenic roads in Europe. Narrow path, steep inclines and 48 hairpin turns will test the driving skills of any driver. The locals have described driving on the pass as suicidal.
4. Kabul-Jalalabad Road (Afghanistan)
Situated in the heart of Taliban territory Kabul-Jalalabad Road is a 153 kilometer road linking Kabul and Jalalabad. Reckless driving by the locals at a height of 600 meters make driving on this road a potentially lethal experience. The road is strategically important for many reasons and that’s why there is a constant struggle between the Talibans and US-Afghan forces to keep control over the road.
3. Zojila Pass (India)
Zojila pass is one of the many risky and dangerous roads collectively known as the Himalayan Roads and is situated in the disputed area of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 3500 meters. The road is littered with massive potholes, sharp turns and inclines, lack of guardrails and areas so narrow that one wrong turn would send you to your death. The presence of livestock on the road presents a unique challenge and maneuvering through it requires great focus and skill.
2. Nanga Parbat Road (Pakistan)
Also known as Fairy Meadows road, this road located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is 16.2 km long. This is an unmaintained gravel road and is so narrow at the end that it can only be completed with bikes or on foot. The complete lack of guardrails increase the risk of rolling over the mountains at an altitude of about 3,300 meters. Nanga Parbat Road also features an uneven and narrow ascend of 6 miles with no security for the vehicles from falling over.
1. Commonwealth Avenue (Philippine)
Unlike many other entries The Commonwealth Avenue is a 7.5 miles long, 18 lane highway located on Quezon City, Philippines. This road is responsible for thousands of deaths per year due to the high volume of traffic on the road. This road is known locally as,”The Killer Highway” and majority of fatalities occur due to a failed drainage system that leads to flooding, hundreds upon hundreds of motorbikes and even the pedestrians that walk by contribute to the craziness that happens on this road.