This 4.3 km road links the French mainland with the island of Noirmoutier, on france’s atlantic coast. At first glance it might look good to drive on, but a few hours later if a tide comes in and makes road vanish, your opinion will change. Twice a day this road is underwater and any vehicle that mistimes their crossing are going with it.
9. Patiopoulo-perdikaki road Greece:
Over the 23.5 Km length of this Greek road, the elevation changes almost 500m. This might not sound so bad to you right now, but throw in a lot of Potholes, significantly tight twists and turns, heavy truck, pedestrian and livestock traffic and the fact there are very few if any guard rails and you have one dangerous road. 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 death.
8. Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt:
This stretch of road between the ancient city of Luxor and the Red Sea resort city of Hurchada is one which many will tell you to stay away from. But why you ask ?…..First the road goes through some rather remote areas where a breakdown can mean big trouble depending on what time of day it is. Second, this area is known to be patrolled by bands of criminals and terrorists who generally strike at night. This has led many people to drive without their headlight on at night resulting in a significant number of fatal head-on collisions. If you have to drive at night, buy some high-end night-vision goggles.
7. Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan:
Part of Taiwan’s highway no.8, the Taroko Gorge Road is widely considered to be the country’s deadliest stretch of roadway. Carved into, and sometimes through. The mountainous terrain, this road face significant erosion and landslides thanks to heavy rain and earthquakes. It is made all the more challenging by the fact that road is extremely narrow in spots and has numerous blind corners which can be full of surprises. Lose control or get bumped another car? There is a good bet you’re plummeting down the side of the mountain and becoming the latest victim of the infamous stretch of road.
6. Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand:
When you rental insurance won’t cover you for driving on this road. You know it must be dangerous. Located in south west New Zealand, skippers canyon road has all the characteristics you’d expect of a dangerous route. It is carved into side of mountains and hills, has very little in the way of safety features and barriers and is extremely narrow. In fact this 16.5 miles stretch is so narrow that if two vehicles meet, one will often have to back of some distance to find a part wide enough to let the other pass safely.
5. Halsema Highway, Philippines:
Situated 2000 m above sea level. This road is deemed ‘safest’ in the summer months of March and April. That because over the rest of the year, heavy rainfalls, fog, rock and mudslides can turn this route into a nightmare. Tourists brave the risks to take in the amazing views of the landscape. Unfortunately, the dangerous environment combined with the fact that tour buses often drive far too fast on this rather narrow stretch means that every year there are many crashes as vehicles hit one another or simply roll of the edge of the road and plummet down the mountain side.
4. Tianmen mountain road china:
11 km long nd with an elevation change of 1100m from start to finish, this Chinese roadway is not for the faint of heart. With 99 hair pin turns, this road is not narrow by the standard of other roads mentioned in this article, but meeting an oncoming vehicle can make things a bit challenging. There are barriers all along the route but too much speed or getting caught up in the beauty of the surrounding mountains won’t prevent you from going over the edge and taking rather long fall to the bottom
3. Eyre highway, Australia:
Straight, flat and well maintained, Australia’s Eyre highway doesn’t sound like it belongs on a list of dangerous roads. But, this 1075 km long road goes through one of the most desolate and remote parts of Australia. In fact, road is so straight that motorists have hard time paying attention or even staying awake. This has produced a significant number of crashes and collisions resulting in Australians giving the road the nickname ‘SLAUGHTER ALLEY’.
2. Karakoram highway, China to Pakistan:
The world’s highest paved international roadway, the Karakoram highway cuts through mountains and canyons to link china and Pakistan. Naturally being the mountainous route, this road is dangerous to begin with. Add in heavy fog, sudden blizzards and flooding and you have a terrifying drive. It does n’t end there however, as bandits and terrorists are known to camp out near sections of the road, always ready to strike an unsuspecting target. Even if you can handle all of this, the highway is so high above sealevel that some drivers suffer from altitude sickness thanks to the thin air.
1. Zoji La Pass, India:
It truly is amazing what people will call a road. This 9.5Km long stretch is situated 3.5Km above sea level and links the cities of Ladakh and Kashmir. High Winds and Heavy snowfall make this route impassable for long periods during the year. Motorists are advised to use four wheel drive but the mud can become too thick after a rain that even the best vehicles get stuck. Even in perfect weather, the narrow roads, lack of safety barriers and use by other large trucks and livestock mean the Zoji La Pass is one road to stay clear of.