Roads have made it possible to travel and transport goods for thousands of years, but some prove to be significantly more dangerous thoroughfares. These precarious driving conditions can be due to:
- Poor upkeep and maintenance
- Weather conditions
- Sharp turns and narrow paths
- Impending heights
While most well traveled roads are subject to continual inspection and preservation, more isolated routes can become perilous without the same attention to safety.
Here are 16 of the world’s most dangerous roads that make walking seem like a much more viable option.
16. Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road in Greece claims numerous deaths each year. The mountain road, located in the northeastern part of Aetolia-Acarnania, is not only steep, it’s narrow, full of twists, and has no rail to guard drivers.
15. The A726 highway near Glasgow has been named the most dangerous road in Scotland. The seven-kilometer road saw over 35 fatal or serious collisions in a span of five years with most involving pedestrians or cyclists.
14. A 353 mile stretch of road from the Alabama-Tennessee line to Dothan, US Route Highway 431, has been dubbed by many as the ‘highway to hell.’ Many fatalities have been attributed to the road’s poor visibility, sudden 2-4 lane changes and speeding.
13. The Barton Highway is notoriously considered to be Australia’s most dangerous. Besides having continual congestion problems, the Barton Highway has seen countless accidents due to the hard shoulder width and a lack of necessary safety barriers.