We use roads almost every day of our lives but there are some roads which will stay with you potentially in your nightmares if you drive on them even once so check out our list of the most dangerous roads in the world
#7 Ashima Ohashi Bridge - Japan
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: Ashima Ohashi Bridge - Japan|
Its located in Japan, Ashima Ohashi Bridge connects the cities of Matsui and Sakai Minato. We can only hope that the residents of these two cities get their brakes checked regularly since the bridge has a grating of 6.1 percent on one side and 5.1 percent on the other. The reason for the steep curve is the fishing boats which must pass underneath at a hundred forty four feet tall. The actual inclined isn't as steep as it comes off in the photos, in fact, seen from its side angles that can actually look like a normal bridge. I guess that's why drivers are willing to give it a go day in and day out.
#6 Karakoram Highway - Pakistan
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: Karakoram Highway - Pakistan|
Karakoram Highway connects Pakistan and China by passing through the Karakoram Mountain range. This 'bad boy' is not only one of the highest-paid roads in the world, although in the Pakistan cited, actually remains unpaved this 745 mile journey is an adventure in its own right. Built in the 60's and 70's. Yeah it took a couple of decades the past goes up to fifteen thousand four hundred feet and was even dangerous while was being constructed. Over 800 workers from Pakistan and over 80 from China lost their lives during its construction. Now the most serious dangers are landslides and floods of course. Avalanches and heavy snow are unheard of either, but with incredible views including brilliant views of the renowned K2 Mountain towards. Continue to battle altitude sickness to make the treacherous trip each year.
#5 Yungas Road - Bolivia
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: Yungas Road - Bolivia|
Commonly called 'the road of death', it's difficult to imagine why anyone would ever travel on Bolivia's youngest road. At only 35 miles long the road connects La Paz and Coroico yet despite its short length it was given its rightful nickname. After the inter-american Development Bank claimed it was the world's most dangerous road. Back in 1995, the name doesn't seem far from the truth with between 200 and 300 travelers on the road being killed in a given year. According to a 2006, estimate within over 15,000 foot descent or a sense, depending on the route. The road is used by locals and cars and trucks and often considered a bucket list trip for cyclist from overseas.
#4 The Jallalabad Kabul Highway - Afghanistan
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: The Jallalabad Kabul Highway - Afghanistan|
A part of a major highway system, the grand trunk road, this stretch of highway may have the highest claim on lives of them all, yet the exact number of death is unknown since most people stop counting a long time ago. As reported by The Times Dexter Filkins at 95 miles in length, it's not the 1900 foot high cliffs that caused deaths but the reckless driving that causes cars to spin off them. Of course road conditions do not help the situation. Although paid when originally built in 1996, the road is now best
described as gravel. To put the danger of the road into perspective, the words of a fabric shop owner near the highway ring loud and clear, "the fighting with the Taliban last only for a day or two but the crashes are everyday".
#3 The Sichuan Tibet Highway - China
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: The Sichuan Tibet Highway - China|
China's Sichuan Tibet Highway includes the 16,568 foot high pass and a narrow one at that as well as incredible views in the chance to see Tibetan villages nestled into the mountains. It's the latter that keeps tourists traveling the road despite its relative danger. At 1330 miles in length, the stretch of highway usually takes at least 15 days to navigate safely. While open back in 1954, the number of deaths on this road have increased sharply in recent years. For instance, death in 1985 were 3.9 per hundred thousand and had already reached 7.6 per four hundred thousand in 2005 the sharp increase is likely due to the increase in cars.
#2 Leh Manali Highway - India
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: Leh Manali Highway - India|
Only open during the summer months, the Leh Manali Highway spans 2,097 miles of the Himalayan Mountains in India. With sparse access to resources and extremely volatile whether it is recommended to bring plenty of extra fuel and prepare for the worst on this road. With mountain passes averaging over 17,000 feet, the road is actually well maintained since it holds a strategic place between China and Pakistan. This means that the Indian Army's Border Roads Organisation is in charge of the roads upkeep. They make sure the snow is cleared during the summer months. For instance, despite their support, the road is known for its serious traffic jams, difficult terrain, and of course plenty of landslides. Drivers on the road never marked that, seeing the results of crashes a few hundred meters down the clip below them is a stark reminder to drive at a crawl averaging 9 to 12 miles per hour in some spots.
#1 James Dalton Highway - Alaska USA
|Most Dangerous Roads in the World: James Dalton Highway - Alaska USA|
Built in 1974, Alaska's James Dalton Highways, 414 miles of gravel in some of the most difficult conditions in the world. To begin with the road only has three villages and therefore three places to fuel up along this route meaning that a jaunt on this road will include just you, your hopefully working car, and the harsh wilderness of Alaska. With a high point of 4,739 feet, the road is also known for its ability to kick up huge amounts of gravel mud and worst of all, dust which reduced visibility to hazardous levels. As the road is a supply route for the trans-alaskan pipeline system, drivers are warned to stay out of the way of the massive oil trucks that pass along it. Still, tourists who crave adventure have called this highway the ultimate road trip.