From ancient to present, roads have provided a means for safer movement of goods and people. Without roads, it would be difficult to move from one place to another. But, some roads are safe to drive and some roads test your skill and thrill you all the time till you pass through that road. Every year, millions of people die in a road accident. So, here is the list of 9 most dangerous roads in the world.
1. North Yungas Road – Bolivia
Would you dare to travel on any road nicknamed ‘Death Road’? The Road of Death is a road leading 56 km from Lapaz to Coroico. It was built in the 1930’s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners. Most of the road is only 3.5 meters wide. It is estimated, between 200 to 300 people die a year on this dangerous road. But, Cyclists still challenge the road of death. It becomes a playground adventure for a cyclist.
2. Karakoram Highway – China and Pakistan Friendship Highway
The Karakoram highway links China and Pakistan. It has been named friendship highway. The total length of the highway is 1300 km. While building the highway, many Pakistanis and Chinese workers lost their lives. The Karakoram highway is beset with hazards like flooding, landslide, avalanche, rock falls and heavy snow which is the most dangerous road in the world.
3. James Dalton Highway
The James W. Dalton Highway usually referred to as the Dalton highway. It is 666 km road in Alaska. The J. Dalton highway is one of the most dangerous roads in the world due to its icy conditions, remote location and unpaved portions. Anyone travels these dangerous roads should bring survival gear. High winds and icy conditions turn the road Slip’N Slide for truckers. It is one of the most isolated roads in the world.
4. Zoji La – India
Zoji La is a high mountain pass in Jammu and Kashmir. The 9 km stretch road has no barrier on the side and the other face has hard rock. Definitely, you will fear from that. Landslides are a common occurrence in dangerous roads. Due to heavy snow, vehicles flow are restricted.
5. Skippers Canyon Road – New Zealand
Skippers Canyon Road is a 22 km in length. The road is mostly one-way, narrow and steep. It requires a huge amount of concentration and patience. Motorists must apply for a permit before driving here. You may find trouble if you have to face another vehicle coming from opposite direction. This one is another dangerous road in the world.
6. Guoliang Tunnel Road – China
The Guoliang tunnel road was carved along the side of and through the mountain by local villagers. The road is 1.2 km long, 12 feet wide and 16 feet high. It is one of the most famous tunnels in the world. The tunnel itself has several windows looking out over the valley. It is also known as ‘the road that does not tolerate mistakes’.
7. Atlantic Road – Norway
The Atlantic road is 8.3 km long. A bridge on Atlantic road is so curvy and steep which is dangerous. In a good weather, it is one of the best scenic drives in the world but when the weather takes an ugly turn, cars are lashed by powerful wind guts and pounded by large waves.
8. Passage Du Gois – France
Le Passage du Gois is 4.125 km long located on the Atlantic coast of France. Every year travelers find themselves trapped when the tides come in and the water rises rapidly. The road disappears under 13 feet of water. So, people can only use the road twice a day for few hours.
9. Kabul to Jalalabad – Afghanistan
The Kabul to Jalalabad is a highway between the Afghan cities of Kabul and Jalalabad. Road route is a continuous series of sharp turns and cliffs. The road passes through the extremely mountainous terrain. It’s a combination of the narrow and windy lanes. This highway is highly trafficked by the Taliban which makes one of the dangerous roads in the world.