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Guest Blog: The 5 Most Dangerous Roads in the World
Posted By Contributed On October 23, 2013 @ 10:24 am In Featured Articles,The Roadologist | No Comments
Whether you happen to be a thrill-seeking car enthusiast or a cautious traveler prone to carsickness, knowing what to expect on your upcoming commute is essential. Driving in foreign countries — where highway laws, motorist behavior and vehicle types can be remarkably different from those at home — often involves a strange mixture of terror and excitement.
If you are thinking of driving a van or other large vehicle, just remember many of these narrow roads pose more hazards to large vehicles. Make sure you have your van insurance — or maybe even life insurance.
As any traveler who has ever sped through Saigon’s impossibly dense motorcycle traffic, wove in a rainstorm with three people on a scooter through an uproar of horns on a night in Phuket or rushed into head-on traffic on a dirt road in Jaipur can attest — dangerous roads can be found all over the globe.
But these 5 roads stand out as the most perilous of all. Here’s why:
2. Highway 1, Afghanistan: Linking Jalalabad to Kabul, this sinuous Afghani road spans nearly 40 miles and is known for its perilously narrow mountain passes and drop-offs that fall nearly 1,968 feet into the Kabul gorge below. Drivers in the region are known for recklessly overtaking the numerous overburdened haulage trucks and donkey caravans that meander along the highway, and the Taliban-controlled region is notoriously unfriendly toward foreigners. One recent estimate says the road claims an average of at least one life every day.
There are few places in the world where getting from point A to point B is as treacherous as it is on these five remarkable roads. And most of those journeys involve high-altitude rock climbing, nearly impenetrable jungles and landmines.
So if you are thinking of going for a casual drive on one of the highways listed above, you probably ought to reconsider your travel plans. Then again, if you are out looking for a healthy dose of adrenaline and a bit of danger, buckle-up and have fun.
About the author: With a passion for transport and travel, Daniel Kendal has seen for himself some of these dangerous roads.
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