The most dangerous roads to drive

JonathanApril 14, 2014

Some of us love the thrill of seeking danger, however, there's danger and then there's downright crazy. Around the world, there are roads that would skyrocket your health insurance just from looking at them. However, we've created a list of some of the most mental and dangerous roads that exist, which you can enjoy from the comfort (and safety) of your own living room. 

At worst, it's a reliable form of entertainment – a bit like watching Top Gear reruns – and at best, it makes your drive to and from work in mind-numbing traffic jams, seem just that little bit more bearable.

The Pan-American Highway, The Americas
The world's longest road is a series of routes that takes drivers through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in North America, and then Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile in South America. However, far from being an enjoyable drive through some of America's most interesting and cultural destinations, the Pan-American Highway is only to be tackled by the very brave – or very stupid. 

Throughout the route you are likely to experience landslides, livestock suddenly running into the road and sections that are completely underwater in the wet season, and that's not even mentioning the steep drop offs and high temperatures.

The Death Road, Bolivia
The aptly named Death Road in Bolivia is one of the most famous and has featured on a number of deadly TV shows, and with good cause. The North Yungas Road, to give it its less intimidating title, takes those brave enough to travel across a treacherous route leading from La Paz.

It is legendary for its extreme danger: in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the "world's most dangerous road". One estimate is that between 200 and 300 travelers were killed yearly along the road. The road includes crosses marking many of the spots where such vehicles have fallen

Bakhchysarai Highway, Ukraine
The T0117 or 'Bakhchysarai Highway' is between the Ukrainian cities of Yalta and Bakhchysarai and measures around 77 km in length. That's nothing, right? Wrong. Although it's not the longest or highest, the Bakhchysarai Highway makes its way onto the list by feature a number of dangerous hairpins (more than 50).

Granted the road takes you through some breathtaking scenery, but in the winter months it is all but covered in snow and ice. However, it's not just that the environment is hostile should you breakdown in your car, one slide or skid and you could include the valley floor in your route, which would lead to almost certain death thanks to the vertical plunge.

Ruta 5: Arica to Iquique Road, Chile
The road from Arica to Iquique is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and it's pretty stunning. However, you won't be able to spend time admiring the local scenery as anyone that drives this route will be focusing everything they have on keeping their eyes on the road – to stay alive. Indeed, the deep valleys and winding roads may also be breathtaking but there are also a number of stranded vehicles at the bottom, which may just stop your heart altogether. 

Apart from being incredibly desolate, the route is completed by extremely high cliffs all along the coastline, canyons and vast desert – making it exceptionally stupid to even attempt to drive across. Chile's Atacama Desert is one of the driest in the world, with rainfall recording zero in some places and there are very few places to stop for fuel or water. Wind is also an issue, and we're not talking about your hair getting in your face when you get out of the car. The gusts are so strong it can literally blow you off the road. 


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