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.
Similar to its English counterparts earlier in the list, the A-726 Route leading from Strathaven to Erskine in southern Scotland is another seemingly inconspicuous and sleepy road that has managed to really rack up a serious reputation for head on collisions.
U.S. Route 431, Alabama
Currently running for 556 miles (895 km) from Owensboro, Kentucky to Dothan, Alabama, the U.S. Route 431 has a particularly bad reputation at its Alabama section. There, known as the “Highway to Hell,” the road is dotted with crosses that stand in memory of all the lives the highway has claimed.
Barton Highway, Australia
A short highway in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the Barton Highway is commonly recognized as the worst highway in Australia. With a length of just 32 miles (52 kilometers), the road still accounts for three fatalities annually.
Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt
While most of the roads on the list are dangerous for natural reasons, drivers stuck on the Luxor-al-Hurghada Road have a different reason to be wary: Bandits. In fact, after sunset some people will turn off their headlights to prevent being attacked by bandits and terrorists. Naturally, driving without the lights on also leads to frequent accidents.
Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
One of the world´s most dangerous mountain trails, the Fairy Meadows Road is an extremely narrow and unstable road that leads to Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. The most dangerous part of the road involves a narrow 6-mile (10 km) ascend on an unpaved ground with no barriers to prevent a vehicle from falling off the cliff.