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.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Once considered the most dangerous road in the world, the North Yungas Road is a narrow mountain trail leading from La Paz to Coroico, 56 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia. In 2006, one estimate stated that 200 to 300 travelers were killed yearly along this road.
The second longest road in Brazil, BR-116 is a federal highway connecting Fortaleza and Jaguarão. Nicknamed “The Highway of Death,” the road claims numerous human lives every year due to its poor maintenance and unstable weather conditions and even threats from local gangs and bandits.
Dalton Highway, Alaska
Built in 1974 as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, the Dalton Highway in Alaska, although appearing serene at first glance, is filled with potholes, small flying rocks carried by fast winds, and worst of all, it runs through the middle of nowhere.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
Located in China’s fantasy world-like Tianmen Mountain National Park in the Hunan Province, this road has 99 sharp bends as it winds 11 kilometers (7 miles) up to an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet).
Passage du Gois, France
Located on France’s Atlantic coast, the road floods twice daily with incoming tides and as the tides go out, slippery seaweed is left all over it, making this road highly dangerous even when it is above sea level. Surprisingly, Passage du Gois has been used by the Tour de France bicycle race.