Some of the scariest roads in the world

We take a risk every time we get behind the wheel of our cars. Whether it’s going to work or the daily school run, roads can be dangerous places.

Some roads are a little more hairy than others however. We all need to be aware of hazards such as other motorists; pedestrians and weather conditions, but there are routes that are just down-right dangerous.

Buckle-up, hold tight and take a drive down some of the scariest and most dangerous highways in the world…

Grand Trunk Road – India to Pakistan

India’s Grand Trunk Road spans more than 1,500 miles from Bangladesh in the east to Pakistan in the west and is one of the main routes across the subcontinent. It’s not the terrain or the road itself that make it so dangerous; it’s the amount of trucks, buses, bicycles and animals turning this stretch into a place to avoid come rush hour.

Trans-Siberian Highway – Vladivostok to St. Petersburg

The Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest roads in the world. On its route from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg it crosses forests, mountains, deserts and pretty much everything and anything else you can think of. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for the feint hearted or fair-weather driver.

 

Pan-American Highway – Alaska to South America

Making it possible to drive almost 30,000 miles from Alaska to the southern tip of South America, it’s no wonder that this stretch of tarmac and rubble is commonly regarded as the longest road in the world. As you would expect, crossing two continents via jungles, desert, mountain ranges and glaciers, this seemingly never-ending road sees its fair share of tricky moments.

 

BR-116 Road in Brazil

Any road nicknamed “The Highway of Death” is always worth being wary of. Every year thousands of people die on the second longest road in Brazil due to its poor upkeep, maintenance and even attacks and carjacking by criminal gangs.

 

Sichuan to Tibet Highway

China’s Sichuan to Tibet Highway covers about 1,500 miles between Chengdu and Lhasa. Like many other roads that cut through vast mountains, this “highway to hell” is prone to landslides and extreme weather conditions that can close the road for many months at a time – not ideal driving conditions to say the least.

 

A537 Road in England

This stretch of road weaves from Macclesfield in Cheshire to Buxton. Although it cuts through the Peak District National Park and some of the most stunning countryside in England, it was recently declared the most dangerous road in the country. Popular with tourists, heavy goods vehicles and motorcyclists, the road has sharp bends, steep hills and a dry-stone wall or rock face almost all the way along – no wonder it’s been christened “the widow maker,” due to the high number of road traffic accidents and fatalities.

The Zoji Pass – Kashmir

This mountain road between Kashmir and Ladakh looks little more than a dusty pathway through the western Himalayas. But it’s a vital lifeline that keeps the people of Ladakh in touch with the rest of the world. The 12 mile stretch of road meanders over the mountain over 9,000 feet, with no barrier and just the hard rock face inches from your vehicle to keep you company along the way.

The North Yungas Pass – Bolivia

The North Yungas Road, a 40-milelong stretch of winding track in Bolivia is the ultimate motorist’s nightmare. In 1995, the Inter-American Development Bank singled it out as the most dangerous route in the world. While this stretch has become a playground for adventure seekers, the dangers are no laughing matter. Local trucks and overcrowded buses still risk their lives every day, with 200-300 fatalities a year ensuring this highway retains its title for many years to come