Have you ever imagine being stock up on the road because your car breakdown? And too bad you are in a vacation and in a foreign land! Being a serial traveler I’ve already experience the highs and lows of traveling and I can tell you, it is the worst experience to be stranded in a foreign land without any help you can get. It is also hear to communicate due to language barrier. I cant still remember when I was stuck on the road in Thailand, boy learning Thai and other languages is a very serious knowledge you can get.
But still to warn you in traveling. Following is a group of roads where injuries, kidnapping and even death are recognized.
Road of Death, Bolivia
One of the most evil and most dangerous roads can found at Bolivia- the North Yugas. In fact, this road is recognized as the worst road in the whole world in 1995 by the Inter- American Development Bank and is most referred as “Road of Death”. This is because every year, the road kills an estimated number of 200 to 300 travelers, with a deadly accident taking place approximately every two weeks.
The road stretches some 70kilometer (about 43 miles) from the capital of La Paz to Coroico. It has a poor bad shape and winds along the mountains. It is also 3, 600m high above ground level, there is no blockase between you and the kilometre-long drop to the bottom.
While there is a newly, modern and fully paved bypass, North Yugas is still seen with a good amount of traffic, most especially by thrill seekers travelling by bikes and some top gear hosts.
Siberian road to Yakutsk, Russia
A road that connects Moscow and Yakutsk name Lena Highway aka the Highway from the Hell. This road is typically covered by snow and ice; however when summer months come up, this snow and ice melts, adding rain to the unpaved roads mean hip-deep mud.
Well, no one really can get killed in the mud. But imagine how many trucks and vehicles get stuck in the middle of nowhere, trying to get out from the traffic jams. Really a mess!
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
Another worst road recognized around the world is the Sichuan-Tibet highway found in China, a single-track road linking Chengdu and Tibet.
Stretching more than 2,400km, the highway goes over 14 mountains, crosses wide rivers and passes through some of the world’s most hostile terrain. You would surely would not like to suffer from a car break down here, or else, be stranded for few days.
Leh-Manali Highway, India
Another well-known worst road in the world is the Leh-Manali Highway. It crosses some of the highest mountains passes in the world including Tanglang La, Lachulung La, Baralacha La and Rohtang La. The road can only be used when the snow is cleared, between June and mid- September. For traveler, a journey can take you 2 days depending on the road conditions and traffic jams, so, it is advisable that you make an overnight stops at tented camps such as Sarchu so you can get a rest. Also, if you are renting a car, 4WD vehicles are a smart choice as the road can be flooded by mud during summer.
Skippers Road, New Zealand
You would certainly wish to have a car breakdown in a wrong time and in a wrong place rather than breaking down on the Skippers Road, New Zealand. The unpaved road to get to the canyon is only 22-km long, but it’s carved straight out of the natural schist rock.
Most rental car companies have forbidden using their vehicles in this road because of the danger it may cause. However, there are still few numbers of rafting and boat tours that use the road, but local knowledge is essential to navigating it safely.
How would you like to be caught in a mess and tragic like this? Awful! Make sure you get your car and yourself well-prepared before driving on these places.