Top 10: world's most dangerous roads

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

There are many roads in the world that drivers would love to cruise along. Driving along certain roads gives drivers a feeling of freedom. Then there are other roads, where drivers can feel they are risking their lives using the roads and get your adrenaline pumping. This top ten lists the world’s worst dangerous roads. 

The North Yungas Road, Bolivia 

Citied as ‘Death Road’ or the ‘Road of Fate’, this passage connects Northern Bolivia with the capital city. The two lane and yet narrow road features cliffs of up to 2,000 feet, with no barriers. Road users are at risk throughout the seasons as during the summer it is vulnerable to rock falls and dust with rain and fog causing visibility issues during the winter. Due to a modernised and safe route being created in 2006, this road is now only used by thrill seekers. It estimated that approximately 200 to 300 travellers were killed on the road every year when it was being used regularly.  

Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia

The Trans-Siberian Highway spans approximately 7,000 miles from St Petersburg to Vladivostock. During hot and wet summers in Russia, some areas of the road turn into boggy land, however, some of the most troublesome parts of the road have now been improved. With such a long road, car repairs are unlikely even if your car does break down on it.

Pan-American Highway, Costa Rica

The Pan-American Highway is described as the world’s longest motorable road measuring 29,800 miles linking Alaska and Chile. The ‘Hill of Death’ is based between Cartiago to San Isidro de El General; the section of the road has narrow bends and sheer cliffs. The Hill of Death also has flash floods, livestock, high temperatures and landslides to add to the mix. 

Dalton Highway, Alaska

The Dalton Highway is 414 mile road with only three fuel stations. You need to ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip and you have a comprehensive survival kit as the highway is very remote. The Dalton Highway reaches over 4,500 feet above sea level. Motorcycles and small vehicles are encouraged to avoid the road. During the winter, high winds batter the highway and the road becomes very sludgy due to the snow. If you are travelling on the highway during the summer, drivers should beware of rocks and dust. 

Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt

Connecting tourist hotspots Luxor and Hurghada, the road stretches approximately 299 miles. The majority of drivers don’t turn their lights on causing car collisions resulting in high fatality rates. Drivers have even taken to driving without lights at night to avoid bandits and terrorists.

Zojila Pass, India

Linking Kashmir and Ladakh, the Zojila Pass is the second highest road in the Himalayan Mountains. The pass is very narrow, and it is also often muddy or icy. Drivers should approach the pass with extreme caution as the road is a high altitude, unstable and sometimes has deserted crashed vehicles along it.

Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

Rock falls and landslides are common on the Sichuan-Tibet highway. Traversing mountains, rivers and forest, the fatality rate on the road has increased by 3.7 per 100,000 population between 1985 to 2005. The highway links Sichuan with Tibet.

Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece

With massive pot holes, steep cliffs, no guard rails and narrow roads, the Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road also has relatively no grip due to the gravel surface. The road connects Patiopoulo and Perdikaki. The road is used by livestock, pedestrians and vehicles. The road has resulted in a number of fatalities each year.

Trollstigen, Norway

Known as the Troll’s Footpath, the Trollstigen is a tourist attraction. However, it is dangerous due to rock avalanches, bad weather and the narrow width. The road has a steep incline and tight bends that travel through mountains, waterfalls, fjords and valleys.

Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan

Covering about 100 miles, the Fairy Meadows Road is at the base of the Nanga Parbat Mountain linking the Karakoram highway to Tato. The most dangerous section is a six mile climb on rough road with no barriers, which takes approximately an hour to traverse.