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.
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
Located in south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, this incredibly narrow and winding road actually requires a special permit to drive. If you do manage to get the permission though, be ready for a slippery challenge and good luck if you run into someone coming from the other direction.
Halsema Highway, Philippines
The only way to get to Sagada, a popular tourist spot in the Philippines, is via the landslide-prone Halsema Highway. It is one of the most poorly maintained roads in the world and every year, a bus or two will go rolling over its edge.
Strada Delle 52 Gallerie, Italy
Hidden deep in the mountains of northern Italy, Strada Delle 52 Gallerie (which translates as road with 52 galleries) is a military trail built during World War I. A site of many bloody battles, the trail ranks among the most dangerous roads in Italy as it leads around deep canyons and sheer rock faces.
Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
Known as one of the most dangerous roads in Taiwan, the Taroko Gorge Road is full of blind curves, sharp turns, and narrow paths leading through cliffs and mountains. However, the drive is worth it as the road passes through the Taroko National Park and the spectacular Taroko gorge.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Located in the Henan Province in eastern China, this road was hollowed out of the side of a mountain by local people. Before the construction of this mountain pass, the village was cut off from the rest of civilization by the surrounding cliffs. Although it doesn’t see much traffic, due to its construction, it is inherently fairly dangerous.