There are roads and highways in the world that are really really dangerous to drive on. Here we brought you the top 10 deadliest ones from around the world:
1. Passage Du Gois, France
It is a 4.3 km stretch road, a passage between the French mainland and Noirmoutier, an island on France’s Atlantic coast. Twice a day this road is underwater due to the high tide, and because of this it is often called as the ‘Road that sinks’.
2. Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece
Over the 23.5 km length of this Greek road, the elevation changes almost 500 m. The icing on the cake for this particular route is that there are often no lines or markings, which means many night time travelers drive straight off the road to their deaths.
3. Luxor-Al-Hurghada Road, Egypt
This dangerous road lies between the ancient city of Luxor and the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. Many advise to stay away from this road because it goes through some remote areas where a breakdown can mean big trouble for the riders depending on what time of day it is. Plus, the area is also occupied by criminals and terrorists who generally strike at night.
4. Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
This road is widely considered to be Taiwan’s deadliest stretch of roadway. Carved into, and sometimes through, the mountainous terrain, this road often faces significant erosion and landslides due to heavy rain and earthquakes. The road is extremely narrow and has numerous blind corners.
5. Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
Located in South West New Zealand, this road has all the characteristics you’d expect of a dangerous road. Carved into the side of mountains and hills, this road has very little in the way of safety features and barriers and is extremely narrow.
6. Halsema Highway, Philippines
This road is deemed safe for just two summer months, that is March and April. The rest of the year can turn this route into a nightmare because of heavy rainfalls, fog, falling rocks and mudslides.
7. Tianmen Mountain Road, China
This 11 km long Chinese road has an elevation change of 1100 m from start to finish and is not for the faint of heart.
8. Eyre Highway, Australia
This 1675 km stretch highway doesn’t sound like it’s on the list of dangerous roads, as it is straight, flat and well maintained. In fact, the road is so straight, flat and featureless that motorists have a hard time paying attention or even staying awake. Because it has produced a significant number of crashes and collisions, the road was given the nickname ‘Slaughter Alley’.
9. Karakoram Highway, China to Pakistan
Cutting through mountains and canyons linking China and Pakistan, Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international roadway in the world. Being a mountainous route, this road is dangerous due to heavy fog, sudden blizzards and flooding. That’s not all, bandits and terrorists are known to came out near certain sections of the road, ready to strike an unsuspecting target.
10. Zoji La Pass, India
This 9.5 km long stretch road is situated 3.5 km above sea level and links the cities of Ladakh and Kashmir, India. High winds and heavy snowfall make this route impassable for long periods during the year. It is extremely narrow and lacks safety barriers, making it one of the deadliest roads in the world.