World’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads :
Here is the list of World’s top 10 most dangerous roads. These roads have very high death rates and are extremely vulnerable. The people who reside around these places depend on these roads for their daily conveyance. About 1.4 million people die in road accidents every year all over the world. The World Health Organization has announced 2011-2021 as, “A decade of action for road safety.” But while many of those accidents can be prevented by better driving, there are some roads that test the driving skill and courage of a driver. Whether it’s sharp bends, sheer mountain valleys or roads through caves. The following are some of the examples of these roads.
1. The Skippers Canyon Road in New Zealand
The Skippers Canyon Road which is located in New Zealand is incredibly scary as it is made from a very narrow cut in the middle of a vertical cliff facade. This twisty road actually needs a special permit to drive on this road. If you somehow do manage to get permission albeit, be ready for a slippery dare and good luck, if you run into someone coming from the other direction.
2. The Stelvio Pass in Italy
The Stelvio Pass in Italy at 9045 feet is the highest paved mountain drive in the Eastern Alps and is also the second highest in the Alps, slightly below the Col de l’Iseran 9088 feet. Some roads appear a lot more vulnerable than they really are. With more sharp bends than Helena Bonham Carter, the Stelvio Pass looks like a child has scribbled over the hills. The road climbs almost two kilometers and, with just a low concrete barrier between the two steep mountain drops, it is better not to look down. A bit too much speed on one of the road’s 60 180-degree corners could cause disaster.
3. The Zoji Pass in India
The Zoji pass in India is located on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh Ladakh. The pass bestows a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. This pass route is at height of approximately 3,528 meters and is the second highest pass after Fotu La. The pass is often closed during the winter. But it is a lifeline that keeps the inhabitants of Ladakh in contact with the rest of the world.
4. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway in China
The Sichuan-Tibet Highway in China is a high-elevation road between Chengdu and Tibet where landslides and rock avalanches are common and are undoubtedly part of the problem. It is a road with the highest record of over 8,500 deaths for every 100,000 drivers has reason to be worried. Due to the avalanches, rock slides, and poor weather conditions, drivers should surely use caution.
5.The North Yungas Road in Bolivia
The North Yungas Road in Bolivia also known as the “Road of Death” is in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It is famed for its utmost danger and the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the “most dangerous road in the world”. There is an estimate is that 300 to 400 travelers are killed yearly on this road. The road has cross markings on many of the areas where vehicles have fallen. It is a regular practice for buses and huge trucks to go diving to the valley below, especially when they try to pass by each other.
6. The James Dalton Highway in Alaska
The Dalton Highway in Alaska is a 667 km road. It starts at the north of Fairbanks, Elliott Highway and ends at the Arctic Ocean near the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. Albeit appearing calm at first glance, is filled with potholes, small flying rock sediments carried by fast winds, and worst of all it passes through the middle of nowhere.
7. The Los Caracoles Pass in Chile
The Los Caracoles Pass in Chile, this road runs through mountain Andreas between Chile and Argentina. The road has many sheer slopes and sharp turns without a fence. The road is covered with snow almost the whole year. Due to snow and complex weather conditions, requires great patience and good driving skill to drive in emergency situations. However, this road is maintained in the working condition so that significantly reduces the number of accidents on it. Huge trucks and even double-decker tourist buses travel daily on this road.
8. The Karakoram Highway in Pakistan
The Karakoram Highway in Pakistan is named the “Friendship Highway” by the governments who have built it. It is the highest paved international road around the globe. It connects Pakistan and China across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 4,693 meters. It is prone to landslides and floods and to make even worse, the road is unpaved in Pakistan. But still, it is a tourist attraction, passing through some spectacular aesthetics along the old Silk Road.
9. The Jalalabad–Kabul Road in Afghanistan
The Jalalabad–Kabul Road in Afghanistan is the 65-kilometer stretch of highway from Jalalabad to Kabul has more claim than most, looping through Taliban territory. But it is not the danger of insurgency that makes the Highway so vulnerable. It is a combination of the narrow, winding lanes that climb up to 600 meters through the Kabul Gorge and the careless Afghan drivers trying to overtake each other
10. The Guoliang Tunnel Road in China
The Guoliang Tunnel in China is carved along the side of and runs through a mountain. It may be hard to see in the photo, but this road was hollowed out of the side of a mountain by several inhabitants from the town of Guoliang. Before the construction of this mountain pass, the village has no contact with the rest of civilization by the surrounding cliffs. Although it doesn’t see much traffic, due to its adverse construction it is inherently pretty dangerous.