Roads are our basic mode of transportation and literally our stepping stones in life. They are like salt in our food; we don’t pay much heed to them until the rain/snow covers them up and we find ourselves stuck. All of those among us who drive usually have at least two-three accounts of unsafe experiences in our lives. Despite the fact that most of us do prefer safe journeys (well all of us do, except some drunk dare devils), it’s inevitable that we do end up seeing some stick scenarios. Speaking in terms of safety of roads, they should be plain and straight, with clear road signs and layout; this of course means that roads in remote areas are not so safe to travel.
Though most accidents occur due to human faults and unseen circumstances, there are times when road layout and such are also the cause. So here we are, listing some of the most dangerous and unsafe roads in the world. These roads have high accident and death rates.
1) North Yungas Road, Bolivia
North Yungas might easily be called the most treacherous road in the whole world. It’s length is about 40 miles and stretches from La Paz to Corico. North Yungas is famous by the name of “Death Road” and approximately 200-300 people fatalities have been reported till now on this road. The reason behind this extremely dangerous road is that there are no “Guard Rails” and it is a single lane with a width of 10 feet only. Climatic conditions are also very wild around this region with lot of fog, dust and rain.
2) Halsema Highway, Philippines
Halsema highway is another one of the most formidable and uncertain highways in the world. It is also the highest highway in Philippines with the length of 150 miles. This highway stretches from Baguio and Benguet to Luzon. There are no guard rails on this road which obviously makes this road quite terrifying and unsafe. Landslides and rock slides are very common on this way. In rainy season this highway becomes even more deadly, and coupled with number of steep drop offs on this road, this path makes for a truly devastating drive.
3) Trollstigen Road, Norway
Trollstigen road is located in Rauma, Norway and this road is jeopardous on account off its sharp turns, & less width coupled with steep inclines. This road is so dangerous that the government of Norway closes off this road in winters because of heavy snow. But Trollstigen road is one of the important roads in Norway as it connects Andalsnes and Valldai. As such, despite the risks, in tourist season this road is full of vehicles; approximately over 3000 vehicles pass through this road.
4) Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
Landslides and rock avalanches are very common on this road, and this accounts for the reasons which make this road risky and dicey. The possibility of accidents is very high on this road due to the natural calamities. This road spread across 14 high mountains and many famous rivers of china, with a total length of 1500 miles stretched between Chengdu and Tibet.
5) Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
This road is so sinister and dire because earthquakes and typhoons are very common in the surrounding location. In bad weather conditions, this road is usually closed off because it became the situation becomes more dire at that time. There are very narrow turns on this road which is stretched between Taichung and Suao-Hualien Highway.
6) Zoji Pass, India
The height of 11,575 feet from the ground level combined with narrow width make this road extremely dangerous. Zoji pass is the only pass in Himalayan region which allow us to transport goods to mountainous remote areas. The climatic conditions are also very rough with heavy snowfall and strong winds which make this pass even more perilous. Landslides also play a vital role in making this path even more precarious. This road connects Leh district to Srinagar with 5.6 miles length.
7) Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
This road is located on the ninth highest mountain in the world at a height of 26,660 feet from the ground level. This road is so uneven that you can’t speed up your vehicle after a certain speed. There are no guard rails along the road to prevent you from going off the trail. You cannot even drive big vehicles on this road because the width of this road is so less, another factor which makes this road very risky.