5 most dangerous roads around the world
by Helen Jackson |
posted 13 November 2017
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a lover of great photography, this article explores some of the most dangerous roads around the world. How many of them are you adding to your bucket list?!
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Although perhaps not life-threatening, this mountain pass – the highest in the Eastern Alps – is certainly not for the faint-hearted, or perhaps travel-sick passengers. The road takes the driver around 48 hairpin bends but the view from the top is surely worth the journey?
Yungas Road, Bolivia
The North Yungas Road leads drivers and cyclists from La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas region of Bolivia. The ‘world’s most dangerous road’ as it’s called, or ‘road of death’ as it is also known is a tight squeeze indeed. Allowing two-way traffic, this road’s name is sadly literal and it’s not hard to understand why. To pass other vehicles, motorists sometimes need to almost hang half of their car of the edge to continue along the road. With no barriers and shear drops it’s easy to see how it claims the lives of 300 tourists a year.
Watch the video by the BBC below when the Top Gear cast took to the road in back in 2009.
Dalton Highway, Alaska
This highway is isolated, with drivers only passing through three tiny towns for the entire 414-mile journey. You won’t be alone on your drive, however, huge trucks travel the length regularly with dust covering your windscreen making it difficult to make out the road right in front of you. The road is filled with giant potholes, too, so beware!
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
This road connects Chengdu and Tibet and is known for its common rock slides, avalanches and landslides. These issues along with the poor weather means drivers are in danger on this road and should approach with caution. It has a total of 48 hairpin bends and is known as one of the riskiest roads in the world.
This paved road in Romania is known for its winding route through the Carpathian Mountains. The road climbs to an altitude of over 2,000 metres. Drivers taking this road can expect a tricky drive but can enjoy the beautiful views surrounding the road and from the top.