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Being frightened is fun. Driving is more fun. Driving while frightened is the most fun of all. When you are ready to get a thrill while showing your skill behind a wheel, head your car to these roads, the planet’s most frightening!

  1. Yungas Road in Bolivia has a quaint nickname, the Death Road. Not only is road next to all sorts of death-grabbing edges and drops and a gravely surface, it is also plied day and night by Bolivian truckers, who are not known for their caution.
  2. The Stelvio Pass in Italy is both a gorgeous and a dangerous road. Its 30 plus hairpin turns are as hairpin a turn can be.
  3. The Road of Bones in Siberia. Besides it being Russia (poorly maintained + vodka + furry hats = dangerous roads), forced labor from the Siberian gulags was used to build this road.  Die while building the road?  No problem.  They buried you in it.  Yikes!
  4. Pikes Peak Highway. Yes, this road is famous for being too unforgiving for racecar drivers to survive, surely you cannot beat it.  Of course you want to try now, don’t you?
  5. Canadian Ice Roads. These roads are so dangerous that an reality television show has been made about them. Even worse than the danger a driver faces while navigating them, is the 24/7 hockey talk on the radio.

 

 

 

About the author: Andrew Greene

 

Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.

 

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2 Comments

  1. After braving I-95 on Christmas weekend, it might deserve a place on this list, ha!

  2. Andrew Greene

    No doubt!

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