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.
Leading from Oxford to Aberystwyth in the UK, the A-44 road is not dangerous in the same way that the previous roads have been but for some reason, it has been responsible for so many head-on collisions that the government had to step in with countermeasures.
Like route A-44, the A-682 road leading from junction M65 in Lancashire to A65 at Long Preston, North Yorkshire, seems like a quiet and uneventful road. In the past couple of years, however, it has been responsible for hundreds of fatalities. In fact, with a rate of 0.5 deaths per 10 miles (16 km), A-682 is often described as England´s most dangerous road.
Highway 5, Chile
Driving along the Highway 5 (colloquially known as Ruta 5) can seem rather harmless as it runs through flat and wide open spaces. However, drivers are often lulled into a false sense of security, leading them to speed which has often resulted in tragic events.
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
Measuring about 2,140 kilometers (1,330 miles), the Sichuan-Tibet Highway is located high up in the Himalayan mountains. With a sad record of over 7.6 deaths for every 100,000 drivers, the road has a good reason to be feared. Due to rock slides, avalanches, and poor weather, drivers should certainly use caution here.
Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece
The Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road in Greece is a narrow, short mountain road filled with potholes, no guardrails, and is very slippery especially when it rains. Unless you are up for a challenge, it might just be better to walk on this road as it is often bustling with everything from pedestrians to livestock.