18 of the Most Dangerous Roads in the World

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Here are 18 of the world’s most dangerous roads.

Any road can be dangerous in bad weather or when a careless driver is on the loose, but these 18 are the world’s most dangerous roads.

Be careful as you go!

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National Park drives, Route 66 drives, and the best road trips in the whole country are all beautiful, but these stretches of asphalt, dirt, and/or ice are something else. You won’t be ready to drive on the world’s most dangerous roads, not even with the best road trip guide. You shouldn’t try to drive on one of the world’s most dangerous roads if you’re scared or don’t know how to change a tyre!

We got our list of the world’s most dangerous roads from talking to people who have driven on some of these scary routes and from looking at other lists from the TV show World’s Most Dangerous Roads. These 18 roads are right up against hills without any guardrails. They are covered in ice, often flood, have 18 lanes of crazy traffic, and have parts of their infrastructure that are falling apart that would test even the best road trip cars.

Col du Chaussy, France

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MANUEL BLONDEAU/GETTY IMAGES

At 5,029 feet above sea level, Col du Chaussy is a high mountain pass in the Rhône-Alpes region in the southeast of France. It starts with the well-known “Les Lacets de Montvernier.” This unique stretch is only about 2 miles long, but it has 17 sharp turns as it goes up a real cliff. As you wind your way up, there is a small concrete barrier, but this unlikely road is still one of the most dangerous in the world, even though it looks so beautiful.

Karnali Highway, Nepal

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RUPAD BAJRACHARYA/GETTY IMAGES

It is a death dream to drive on the 155-mile Karnali Highway in the Himalayas of West Nepal every year, where about 50 people die. Even when it’s not monsoon season, this road is one of the most dangerous in the world because it’s very dusty, making it hard to see, and there are narrow parts, landslides, falling rocks, flooded areas, potholes, big drops off of steep cliffs, and a lot of bumps. And now, at best, you can only drive on it during the day because the cops have made it illegal to drive at night because of all the deaths.

Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines

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KGAIMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

On this list of the world’s most dangerous roads and highways, this one isn’t sitting on top of a mountain or next to a bridge that’s falling apart. In fact, it’s only 7.5 miles long and very wide between cities. Because it’s so busy (18 lanes wide), has bad drainage that causes flooding, and is always full of motorbikes and people walking or riding their bikes that tour buses can’t even see, this road has been called the “Killer Highway” because so many accidents and deaths have happened here.

BR-116 (“Rodovia da Morte”), Brazil

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MAURICIO GRAIKI/GETTY IMAGES

If a road is called Rodovia de Morte, it must be one of the most dangerous in the world. Along the border with Uruguay, this 2,790-mile highway runs from Fortaleza in the north of the country to the southeast corner. It is the second-longest highway in Brazil, and while it is advertised as being fully paved, much of it is in bad shape. But the fact that the road is cracked doesn’t make it dangerous. Big accidents happen all the time on the Highway of Death because of the unstable weather and steep cliffs. Also, because it goes through some of Brazil’s poorest areas, gangs are a threat in some places along this busy road.

Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan

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KELLY CHENG/GETTY IMAGES

The Taroko Gorge Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world, just like the Guoliang Tunnel in China. It is cut out of a rock and goes through one. Taiwan’s popular nearly 12-mile stretch is beautiful, so you can expect a parade of tour buses, cars, scooters, cyclists, and walkers all trying to get around the narrow road’s blind corners and scary bends that look like they wouldn’t fit. Make sure the weather is nice if you’re on Taroko Gorge Road. If it’s not, you might have to deal with landslides, floods, and falling rocks that block parts of the road.

 

Bayburt-of Road D915, Turkey

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ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

If you get dizzy or worry about floods, you should stay away from D915 in Turkey. This difficult road is on the edge of the Black Sea area in the northeast of the country. It is very dangerous because there aren’t always guardrails to keep you from falling. In fact, only professional drivers should probably try this, even though the photos will be amazing! Desabaşı Turns is the name of the most famous part of Bayburt-of Road.

 

Kahekili Highway, Hawaii

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UNCLEGENE/GETTY IMAGES

One-lane road that goes for 20 miles. On one side, rocks and on the other, steep cliffs. For worried drivers going from Kapalua to Wailuku, it’s both beautiful and scary. There are a lot of tight turns and narrow paths on the famous Kahekili Highway.

 

Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

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PAVEL GOSPODINOV/GETTY IMAGES

Any road with the constant fear of rock slides, mudslides, and avalanches would be one of the most dangerous in the world. But the 1,330-mile Sichuan-Tibet highway connecting China and Tibet is even more dangerous, with its dangerous switchbacks on cliffs and winding through peaks. Seventy out of every thousand people who travel on this road, which was made almost three miles above sea level in the early 1950s and goes by Buddhist monasteries and yak herds, die.

 

99-Bend Road to Heaven, China

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WORAWAT DECHATIWONG/GETTY IMAGES

In 6.8 miles, how many sharp turns can you make? It turns out 99 of them! In Tianmen Mountain National Park in China, this short stretch is full of drops and turns that are built hundreds of feet in the air. If this road was straight, you could drive it in less than 10 minutes. But 99-Bend Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world because it is steep, has lots of turns, and has nothing to stop you from falling to your death!

 

Dalton Highway, Alaska

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This icy piece of asphalt was built in 1974 as a supply route for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. It is one of the most remote and dangerous roads in the world. You’ll need to bring a lot of food and water on this 413-mile (or 666-kilometer) road, as there are only three towns along it. One of them is called Deadhorse. To make things even more difficult, big parts of the highway are in bad shape, and its most famous feature is a sign that says “This isn’t a highway you want to break down on”:

 

Atlantic Road, Norway

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DMITRY TKACHENKO PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

This narrow, winding stretch of concrete along the coast may look pretty, but it’s actually one of Norway’s most dangerous roads when the wild Atlantic comes too close! The sharp turns, bends, and twists will make you feel like you’re on a roller coaster as you drive along it. But when the weather is bad, which it is a lot of the time in this part of the world, it can be impossible to see in seconds. Then there are the huge, rumbling walls of water that often crash over the barriers in the road.

 

North Yungas Highway, Bolivia

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ANDREW CLIFFORTH/SHUTTERSTOCK

This scary narrow road that clings to the side of a Bolivian mountain used to be the main way to get to La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city and the world’s highest capital city. Even though the government finally built a brand-new highway, people in the area still drive fast on this road, which is also a popular place for mountain biking. Several things make it important not to look down. The dozens of makeshift shrines to the people who died here are one of the most scary things to see. Twelve thousand feet below, the road kills between two hundred and three hundred people each year.

Guoliang Tunnel, China

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52691989/SHUTTERSTOCK Guoliang Tunnel, China

Don’t bring the big truck with you. Inside this 1.3-mile-long road tunnel, it’s only 16 feet high and 13 feet wide. Henan Province in China, in the Taihang Mountains, is where you can find it. Thirteen people from the area built it in 1977, but it took five years because some farmers died while working on it. Thirty “windows” have been cut out of the rock, but don’t stop to take a picture. And if the thought of driving through this tunnel gives you chills, think about this: people from the town it connects to used a ladder to get back and forth before it was built.

Zojila Pass, India

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WITTHAWAS_SIRI/SHUTTERSTOCK Zojila Pass, India

This Himalayan highway goes from Ladakh to Kashmir and is 5.6 miles long and 11,500 feet above sea level. Because the road surface isn’t smooth, it’s only really good for off-road cars. And in the winter, wind, snow, and rain make this road more difficult.

Karakoram Highway, between China and Pakistan

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NAIHEI/SHUTTERSTOCK Karakoram Highway, between China and Pakistan

The Karakoram Highway is the world’s highest paved road, at 15,400 feet above sea level. It links China and Pakistan. There were 82 deaths on the job site during building, mostly from rockslides, which are still a danger today. There are no barriers, and many of the drivers who have been involved in crashes have been sick from the high altitude or have been distracted by K2’s beautiful views. What’s good? The road will get wider, from 32 feet to almost 100 feet. What’s wrong? The police think this could cause the number of cars to triple.

Canning Stock Route, Australia

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EDWARD HAYLAN/SHUTTERSTOCK Canning Stock Route, Australia

There aren’t many views from this road. There is a lot of dust and not many road signs to help you find your way. People think this 1,150-mile-long road in Western Australia is the world’s most remote road. It would take you three weeks to drive it from beginning to end. It is so hot that this road trip is almost impossible to do in the summer, and drivers are told to travel in groups of more than one car. Because the road needs a lot of work, drivers are told to leave enough space for food, water, and extra parts. Don’t miss the most dangerous places to visit in the world.

Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

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BULADEVIAGENS/SHUTTERSTOCK Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

This dirt road was cut into the side of a mountain in New Zealand 140 years ago. It’s so dangerous now that most driver’s insurance won’t cover you if you get into an accident. If you hit another car, you’ll probably have to go backwards for up to two miles before you can finally pass. It’s reasonable that it took 20 years to finish since the miners who built it only had hand drills and gunpowder. Don’t be shocked if it looks like a road you’ve seen in Mission: Impossible Fallout and several Lord of the Rings films.

Tizi-n-Test, Morocco

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STORVANDRE PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK Tizi-n-Test, Morocco

The Tizi-n-Test is a narrow, winding road that is stuck in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It was blasted out of the rock in the 1920s and was the first modern road line between Marrakech and the Souss lands. If you have dizziness, you should stay away from it because of the steep drops. Also, local drivers are known to drive at scary speeds, not following the rules of the road like drivers do in other parts of the world. Because there are no barriers, it should only be tried during the day, and landslides and avalanches happen almost every day in the winter.

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