Carmudi presents the most dangerous stretches of road on Earth
For centuries, roads have provided a means for safer and more efficient transport. And most continue to do so. But there are some roads on Earth that will cause nightmares – even so – for the most experienced of drivers. Carmudi, the easiest means to sell or buy your car online, presents five of the death-teasing stretches of roads. From sun-scorched and rattle snake to wetter slippery asphalt, these roads will leave you cheating death.
Halsema Highway, Philippines – 150 km, Island of Luzon
The Halsema Highway is a poorly maintained mountain road prone to deadly landslides which leave drivers dodging and swerving large stones and debris that tumble from above. The Halsema Highway is made up of unpaved roads which can prove fatal on days where mist forms a blanket on the road causing poor visibility.
Fear factor: Steep crags, narrow and sheer drop offs, some more than 1000 feet, slippery asphalt during rainy season.
Trans-Sahara Highway, Africa – 4500 km, Algiers, Lagos, Algeria – Nigeria
Trans-Sahara Highway makes for the ultimate 4500 km desert adventure. And its not just lack of safety precautions that you will have to watch out for. Actually, the biggest danger is the challenge of clashing with the world’s most intensely harsh environments.
Fear factor: From pavement to sand, fuel and water are unavailable for much of its sun-scorched length, and sand storms.
Highway 1, Mexico – 1,711 km, Mexico, Tijuana
Highway 1 in Mexico paved with asphalt, most of it is little more than dirt and rock. The stretch of road itself is very exciting with twists and turns. Some vehicles drive very fast, and the main risk on this road is coming around a blind corner to discover a vehicle proceeding toward you at high speed.
Fear factor: No railings or guard rails, rugged dry washes and rapid changes in altitude. Free-roaming livestock and rattlesnakes.
Sheikh Zayed Road- 52 km, Abu Dhabi, Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road is the largest and most famous street in Dubai. It has evolved in recent years to the main traffic artery of the desert city and connects almost all parts of modern Dubai.
Fear factor: It really doesn’t matter what time of day you try to tackle this stretch of road – Out of 20 accidents that happened on this road in 2013, 11 were at night and nine during broad daylight!
Deosai National Park trail – 3.5 km, Karakoram, West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe, Pakistan
The Deosai National Park Trail, otherwise known as the “Land of the Giants” is home to a bridge that will make even the bravest of drivers think twice before crossing it.
Fear factor: Nerve-wracking bridge crossing, braved by fearless local drivers.