Table of Contents
- 1 Passage du Gois, France
- 2 Patiopoilo-Perdikaki Road, Greece
- 3 Luxor-Hurghada Road, Egypt
- 4 Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
- 5 Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
- 6 Halsema Highway, Philippines
- 7 Tianmen Mountain Road, China
- 8 Eyre Highway, Australia
- 9 Karakoram Highway, China to Pakistan
- 10 Zoji La Pass, India
- 11 Related
Building a car is one thing, but driving it is another. Here’s a look at some of the most dangerous roads in the world.
Passage du Gois, France
4.3km links French mainland with the island of Noirmoutier on France’s Atlantic coast. At first glance you might not think it looks that bad. Wait a few hours and your opinion will change as the tide comes in and causes the entire road to vanish. Twice a day this road is underwater and any cars that mistime their crossing are going with it. Even if you time the tides just right, driving this road can be a challenges because it’s wet and covered in seaweed which can make it as slippery as ice.
Patiopoilo-Perdikaki Road, Greece
Over the 23.5km 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 trucks, pedestrians and livestock traffic and the fact that 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.
Luxor-Hurghada Road, Egypt
This stretch of road between the ancient city of Luxor and the red sea resort city of Hurghada is one which many will tell you to stay away from. 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 headlights on at night, resulting in a significant number of fatal head-on collisions. If you have to drive by night, buy some high-end night-vision goggles.
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 faces significant erosion and landslides thanks to heavy rain and earthquakes. It is made all the more challenging by the fact that the road is extremely narrow in spots and has numerous blind corners which can be full of surprises. Lose control or get bumped by another car? There’s a good bet you’re plummeting down the side of the mountain and becoming the latest victim of the infamous stretch of road.
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
When your 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 the 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 mile stretch is so narrow that if two vehicles meet, one will often have to back up for some distance to find a part wide enough to let the other pass safely.
Halsema Highway, Philippines
Situated 2000m above sea level, this road is deemed ‘safest’ in summer months of March and April. That’s 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 off the edge of the road and plummet down the mountainside.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
11km long and with an elevation change of 1100m from start to finish this Chinese roadway is not for the faint of heart. With 99 hairpin turns, this road isn’t narrow by the standard of other roads mentioned in this video but meting 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 a rather long fall to the bottom.
Eyre Highway, Australia
Straight, flat and well maintained, Australia’s Eyre Highway doesn’t sound like it belongs on a list of dangerous roads. Don’t be fooled! This 1675km long stretch of toad goes through one of the most desolate and remote parts of Australia. Picture Mad Max, only with far fewer bandits and more wombats, camels and kangaroos. In fact, the road is so straight, flat and featureless that motorists have a 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’.
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 a mountainous route, this road is dangerous to begin with. Add in heavy fog, sudden blizzards and flooding and you have a terrifying drive. It doesn’t end there, however, as bandits and terrorists are known to camp out near certain 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 sea level that some drivers suffer from altitude sickness thanks to the thin air.
Zoji La Pass, India
It truly is amazing what people will call a road. This 9km 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 so 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.