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15 of The Most Dangerous Roads In The World

Published 2 years ago on December 19, 2017
By Vincent

Ever been on a road that you thought could do with a bit more maintenance or had some sharp bend you weren't too comfortable with? Well, that was probably nothing compared to some of the roads out there were death and destruction are a regular occurrence.

Sometimes these roads are just not well kept, and other times it is because they have to go through perilous locations, but here we look at some of the world's most dangerous roads.

1. Shafer Canyon Road, Utah

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Shafer Trail Road-Shafer Canyon Road is an expansive and breathtaking dirt track located in Moab, a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah. At 18 miles long, drivers have to be on full alert- especially in unfavorable weather conditions and at night.

Indeed, this road isn't for novices. Not only is it dangerous, it's also in dreadful condition and requires balls of steel to negotiate it without making a mistake. Of course, its fearsome reputation shouldn't put you off completely, and if death-defying roads are your thing, then go for it; Just don't say you haven't been warned.

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2. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

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Going-to-the-Sun Road passes through the awe-inspiring wonders of the Glacier National Park, making it one of the most scenic roads in America. What's more, it is the only road of its kind to cross the Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. But don't be fooled: this road is as perilous as it is beautiful.

While the summer months are usually safe for drivers, the winter can see dangerous amounts of snow cover the roads, and this makes it one of the hardest roads in North America to snowplow and indeed, navigate. Most worryingly of all, the road is bendy and lacks protection, with one side bordered by cliffs while the other is unprotected by guardrails, with a drop of hundreds of meters awaiting any driver who makes a mistake.

3. James Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA

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Seemingly serene, the Dalton Highway is a 667 km road in Alaska that runs through the icy wilderness in freezing cold temperatures that take their toll on the road surface. Filled with potholes, wildlife crossing without warning and prone to small flying rocks carried by fast winds smashing into your car accidents can and do happen.

The problem is then, there is no one around to help you if you do come off the road.

4. Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan

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Considered by many as the most dangerous road in the world,  Fairy Meadows Road is perched on a high mountain track with a length of 16,2km in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Famed for its nail-biting photos of vehicles passing each other just inches from the unprotected cliffs, many drivers have lost their lives on this road, which has little in the way of modern infrastructure and protection.

The gravel terrain also doesn't do drivers any favors, and the last leg of the journey is so narrow it requires drivers to leave their cars and make the rest of the journey by bike or foot.

5. Bayburt Of Yolu-D915, Turkey 

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Without question, D915 is one of the most challenging roads in existence. Located in the Trabzon province of Turkey, the road is characterized by its lack of guardrails and 100m+ drops. For vertigo sufferers, this road should be avoided at all costs.

In fact, only the most daring should put themselves through the near-death experience this road no doubt spawns. Just one mistake and you'll fall hundreds of meters to your death. That alone should be enough of a warning to never, ever, in a million years, drive down this road.

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