For thousands of years roads have provided a means for safer and more efficient movement of goods and people, but as you will see in a moment this is not always the case. While some of the roads on our list are heavily traveled thoroughfares others are remote, winding, and narrow. Whatever the case may be though, the 25 most dangerous roads in the world will likely convince you that walking isn’t really that bad after all.
Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Along with the Trans Canada Highway and Australia’s Highway 1, the Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest in the world. In order to get from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg it crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.
Stelvio Pass Road, Italy
Pan-American Highway, Alaska to Argentina
As we just saw, many dangerous roads branch off the from the Pan-American Highway but the highway itself can be fairly dangerous as well. It has been named the “longest motorable” road in the world as you can travel by car from the stretches of Alaska down to the tip of South America, which is about a 30,000 miles in total. As you can imagine, crossing two continents and traversing through jungles, mountains, glaciers, and deserts can inevitably lead to some challenges.
Although this road from Oxford to Aberystwyth in the UK is not dangerous in the same way that the previous roads have been, for some reason A44 has been responsible for so many head-on collisions that the government had to step in with countermeasures.
Arica to Iquique Road, Chile
Driving along the road can seem rather harmless as runs through flat and wide open spaces but apparently drivers are often lulled into a false sense of security leading them to speed which many times ends in disaster.
Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece
The Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road in Greece is narrow, filled with potholes, lacking guardrails, and is very slippery especially when it rains. Unless you’re up for a challenge it might just be better to walk or something.
Similar to its English counterparts earlier in the list, A726 Highway is another sleepy road that has managed to really rack up a serious reputation for head on collisions.
The Barton Highway, Australia
Commonly recognized as the worst highway in Australia, Barton doesn’t have a very good reputation, especially when it comes to getting people safely to their destinations.
The Way to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
Although it may sound harmless, The Way to Fairy Meadows has nothing to do with Pixie Dust or Fairies. It is actually an extremely narrow and dangerous 10 km stretch of road that leads to Nanga Parbat or The Killer Mountain in Pakistan. Fairy Meadows is a nearby valley with serene views of the huge mountain.
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
This narrow and winding road actually requires a special permit to drive. If you do manage to get permission though, be ready for a slippery challenge and good luck if you run into someone coming from the other direction.
The Pasubio in northern Italy is famous for its incredible views. Driving can be a challenge, however, and isn’t even allowed after a certain point. Unfortunately restricting vehicle access hasn’t stopped people from riding their bikes over the edge.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Although it may be hard to see in the photo, this road in China was hollowed out of the side of a mountain by several villagers from the town of Guoliang. Before the construction of this mountain pass the village was cut of 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.
The Himalayan Roads
This catch all term for any road leading up into the Himalayas refers to a very dangerous network of unpaved, narrow, and slippery roads that are dotted with crashed cars and rolled over buses.
James Dalton Highway, Alaska
The James 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.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Also known as the “Road of Death” in Bolivia, it is often cited as the most dangerous road in the world. It is a regular occurrence for buses and trucks to go tumbling to the valley below, especially when they try passing each other. Yea, walking doesn’t sound too bad after all.
25 Most Dangerous Roads In The World