What are the most dangerous roads in the world?
In the United States, we take for granted the (mostly) driver-friendly roads that make commuting (relatively) safe and convenient, at least in the context of the landscape. However, around the world, defying death is a daily endeavor for many. Traversing the world’s most dangerous roads is a requirement for many who must navigate the only path to their destination out of necessity.
If just looking at heights makes you queezy, reader beware. If you’re one of the many whose stomach gets turned upside down just looking at the scariest bridge in America, get ready for an entirely new level of ‘nope’.
1. Hana, Hawaii
A scenic drive nestling the edge between ocean and mountain, drivers must be aware of imminent landslides that could happen at any given moment. Nevertheless, many drivers still go for the scenic views and lush forest greenery.
2. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
Believe it or not, the above photo is 100% real (we didn’t believe it ourselves at first). Crossing an archipelago, Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road presents intense driving conditions. The Atlantic Ocean often rises and will meet drivers with a welcoming wave crashing upon their vehicle.
3. Col de la Bonette, France
4.Khardung La Pass, India
Rock slides are a serious concern for drivers on the Khardung La, and can turn a leisurely drive along the tallest pass in the world into a serious nightmare at the drop of a hat.
5. Caucasus Road, Russia
Unpaved and difficult to navigate, Russia’s Caucasus Road is particularly narrow. Dissecting a mountain, this road is particularly dangerous during snow or rain.
6. Dalton Highway, Alaska
Deep within the Alaskan wilderness, Alaska’s Dalton Highway is known for being one of the coldest and most isolated roads on the planet. Navigate the always-icy conditions with caution and don’t get stuck here during a snowstorm (easier said than done).
7. Zozila, India
8. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Built to help ships easily pass underneath, Japan’s Eshima Ohashi Bridge is is the largest rigid-frame bridge in the country and third largest in the world. While it may be convenient for captains, drivers must face dangerously steep angles across a very short distance.
9. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland
10. Guoliang Tunnel, China
A 1,200 meter long tunnel which bores a mountain, the ominously dark conditions of China’s Guoliang Tunnel put it in the running for our most dangerous roads in the world.
11. Le Passage du Gois France
This unique road cuts through the water but drivers should heir on the side of caution, even during low tide. Driving along France’s Le Passage du Gois might find your car getting smacked around by a rogue wave, if not completely submerged, should timing be off.
12. US Route 431, United States
Colloquially known as the “Highway to Hell,” US Route 431 is one of the most dangerous roads in the United States. Running 556 miles from Kentucky to Alabama in the southeastern region of the country, Route 431 might not seem dangerous until yourself driving it.
Narrow lanes and fast lane changes make this one deserving of your full attention at all times.