We think of road safety as wearing a seat belt, going the speed limit and being cautious during bad weather conditions. However, there are roads that rival some of the best rollercoaster rides in the world and make it tough to practice road safety regardless of our attempts. Even scarier, many are hundreds — even thousands — of miles long. From frightening weather conditions that result in drivers not capable of seeing clearly and high altitudes with dead drops, to hairpin turns with no guardrails, the site of these roads will make your stomach twist and turn. But many will astound you with their stunning views!
This narrow winding mountain road was carved out of rock and has blind curves, sharp turns and narrow paths through cliffs and mountains. With up to four cyclones per year, heavy rains and the subject of landslides, traveling the Taroko Gorge is a risk that offers spectacular views.
This 7,000 mile highway that starts in Moscow and ends in the Siberian city of Yakutsk earned the nickname “Highway from Hell” for a reason. Considered one of the worst roads in the world, the eastern part of the Trans-Siberian Highway becomes overrun with mud during rainy seasons and becomes a frightening mess that’s impossible to drive on.
With the Zoji La Pass in India, you get 5 miles of high altitudes and narrow roads with vicious drops. In the winter, there are high winds and heavy snows that make it impassable. Add the fact that there are no guardrails and you have a Himalayan death trap.