These are the most dangerous roads in the world
What are the most dangerous roads in the world? We all know that cars are, or some are still becoming, safer than ever, yet our chances of dying in a road accident vary greatly depending on the roads we drive on. The reality is that some roads are more dangerous than others and this is the reason why the car rental office Nova Rent a Car Airport Iasi has compiled this list of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world. For this, the latest information available for various roads and countries was used to discover which are the most dangerous roads in the world. After that the number of annual deaths on that road was divided by its length and the result was multiplied by 10 to get the average number of deaths per 10 kilometers. At the end the roads were ranked accordingly. Below are the most dangerous roads you'll definitely want to avoid.
With an annual fatality rate of 1.4 deaths every 10 km is the I-4 highway in Florida, USA. This highway is known as the road to Disneyland and even though it sounds nice it is actually very dangerous. I-4 is 215 km long, connects the cities of Tampa and Orlando, but is most dangerous near Disneyland. On this section the traffic is very heavy which is why a lot of road repairs have to be done which confuses traffic, drivers get confused and then have accidents. On average there are 33 deaths on this road each year and it became famous after a pilot landed his plane on it.
In 9th place is the BR-116 highway from Brazil. It is 4500 km long, connects the north and south of the country along the Atlantic coast and is the longest highway in Brazil. The section that stands out is between the cities of Larges, Sao Paolo and Queluz. On this 870 km stretch of road there are an average of 241 deaths each year or 2.7 deaths every 10 km. This road goes through a stretch called the Regis Bittencourt Highway which is nicknamed the highway of death, that would be reason enough to stay away. This section is very winding, it passes through the mountains, the weather can change suddenly and all this coupled with the large number of trucks and shots between cars lead to many fatal road accidents.
I-285 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is number 8. This is Atlanta's beltway, it has a total length of 100 kilometers and it is huge because in some places it has up to 12 lanes of traffic. The traffic on this belt is very high because on average 2 million vehicles use it daily and many of these are trucks and trailers that are not allowed to enter the city, except for those that have to make deliveries. Also on this road there are some strange turns and curves that take some drivers by surprise because the annual death rate on this road is 29 deaths. Thus, after doing the calculations, we will get an average of 3 deaths for every 10 km traveled on this road.
Ranked 7th is the Zoji La Pass road in Ladakh, India, it connects the Kashmir Valley with the Suru Valley and is at an altitude of 3500 meters. This is a pass only 25 km long, it is unpaved, with many precipices, very narrow in some places, very bad weather due to the high altitude and no protective road barriers. 11 people die annually on this pass and this means that the mortality rate is 4.5 deaths every 10 km. The truth is that in reality this mortality is even higher but we cannot know the exact number because they are not fully reported. Fortunately the Indian government wants to solve this problem and they are going to build a tunnel that goes through the mountain and that will lower the death rate.
The N2 road in the country of South Africa is on the 6th place in the list of the car rental agency Nova Rent a Car from Iasi and connects the capital Cape Town with the city of Ermelo over a length of 2250 km. The N2 is quite a long road on which many fatal road accidents occur. On this road, 1095 people die annually, which means that every 10 km a number of 5 people will meet their end. The main problems on this road are speeding drivers and those under the influence of alcohol and these combined with slow moving goods vehicles give rise to impatient drivers and dangerous overtaking resulting in many collisions frontal.
In 5th place is the Chiromo A104 road in Kenya. The annual fatality rate on this road is 7.2 deaths per 10 km. The length of the road is 445 km and connects Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, with the city of Malaba, which is located on the border with Uganda. It takes traffic from three landlocked countries Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and gives them access to Mobasa port in Kenya. Practically 70% of all traffic between these countries is done on this road so it is full of vehicles. In addition to all this there are many drivers who drive at high speed, some under the influence of alcohol, plus there is the rivalry between rickshaw drivers and bus drivers, so it is no wonder that there are 320 deaths a year on this road.
Commonwealth Boulevard in Quezon City, Philippines is ranked 4th and the annual fatality rate on this road is 7.8 deaths every 10 km. This is actually a fairly short road, only 13 kilometers long, connecting Quezon City to the Quirino Highway. The problem with it is that it is very wide and very congested, in some places it has 6 lanes and in others it reaches up to 18 lanes of traffic, being the widest road in the Philippines. It is full of cars, motorbikes, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians, there are no street lights, road signs are almost non-existent and the sewage is not working so the road is often flooded. So on this short road there are 10 deaths per year.
In 3rd place are C-5, EDSA and Roxas Boulevard in Manila which is the capital of the Philippines. C-5 and EDSA are the semi-circular ring roads that surround Manila and are connected by Roxas Boulevard which is a coastal road. In total, these roads add up to 65 km and there are 65 deaths on them every year, so the calculations show that on average there are 10 deaths for every 10 km of road every year. The main problem with this road is given by the large number of trucks and motorcycles, and since they are from completely different categories, most of the deaths come from among motorcyclists. Pedestrians don't have much luck either because there are few pedestrian crossings and they cross where they can on a road that is very congested.
The Sichuan-Tibet Highway in China ranks 2nd, it connects the city of Chengu in China and the city of Lhasa in Tibet. This road is frequently used by freight vehicles and tourists. Its length is very high as is the number of deaths. Its length is 2,250 km and 7,500 deaths are recorded annually on this highway. So, according to the calculations, it turns out that for every 10 km traveled on this highway, 33.3 people die, which is an enormous amount, but when we look at how the road looks, we understand where this figure comes from. It winds through 14 different mountains, in a section of 200 km there are 99 unprotected hairpin turns, in some parts it is only one lane, the road surface is very bad, there are many landslides, bad weather, the road is basically a nightmare.
On the 1st place, with a mortality rate of 50 deaths every 10 kilometers, is the Yungas road in Bolivia, which is the most dangerous on the list of the Nova Rent a Car Airport Iasi company, but also in the world. The road is 60 km long and connects the capital city of La Paz with the city of Coroico in the Yungas region. 300 deaths are recorded on this terrifying road every year. It is very narrow, has very steep slopes, is located on the edge of the cliffs and there are not many protective metal parapets. Why would people drive this way? This road is a sensation for cyclists, around 25 thousand visit this road every year despite the fact that it is called the "Road of Death", it offers, depending on the starting place, descent or ascent along its entire length. In Bolivia you drive on the right side but on some parts of this road you drive on the left side just to allow the driver to see as well as possible how close he is to the edge of the precipice when another vehicle is coming from the opposite direction. In recent years the Bolivian government has carried out work to improve this road by installing guardrails in some places to increase its safety but it is still very dangerous.
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