Driving is one of the most dangerous activities you do on a daily basis. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. It’s estimated that about 1.3 million people die in road crashes world wide (averaging about 3,287 deaths daily) with an additional 20-50 million injuries. Most of these deaths are attributed to alcohol, speeding, lack of safety belt use, and texting. However, an alarming number is also attributed to road designs and conditions. Some of the roads on this list drastically elevate your already high danger probability while driving. So if you want to increase your likelihood of surviving your next driving experience, you may want to consider staying off these 25 most dangerous roads in the world.
Then again, maybe you’re an adrenaline junkie. Maybe, the fact that some of these roads claim the lives of almost 200 people annually is like a dare for you to beat. Or then again, maybe you’ve traveled through these roads, not realizing that you were taking life in your own hands (now that’s a scary thought). Whatever the case may be, we invite you to learn about these 25 Extremely dangerous roads where driving might be the last thing you do.
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Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Along with the Trans Canada Highway and Australia’s Highway 1, the Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest in the world. In order to get from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, it crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.
Highway 1, Mexico
Measuring 1,711 kilometers (1,063 miles), the Highway 1 (officially known as the Mexican Federal Highway 1) was finished in 1973. While some parts of the road are paved with asphalt, most of it is little more than dirt and rock, winding along dangerous precipices with no railings or guardrails.
Stelvio Pass Road, Italy
A mountain pass road in northern Italy, the Stelvio Pass Road may not be the scariest nor the longest road on our list, but it certainly is one of the most winding. Featuring almost 50 hairpin turns, this treacherous road has been known to give drivers big trouble.
Cotopaxi Volcano Road, Ecuador
Although there are many dangerous sections branching off the Pan-American Highway, it is the Ecuadoran dirt track known as the Cotopaxi Volcano Road that tops the list. Enormous potholes, slippery slopes, and all around precarious driving conditions make this road a major challenge even for the most experienced drivers.
Pan-American Highway, USA to Argentina
As we just said, many dangerous roads branch off the Pan-American Highway but the highway itself can be fairly dangerous as well. Boasting the title of the world´s longest motorable road, the Pan-American Highway crosses two continents and traverses through jungles, mountains, glaciers, and deserts, which can obviously lead to some challenges.