Let’s be careful out there
People have mixed opinions on driving. Some people wait eagerly to reach the legal driving age in their state so they can finally jump in their cars, roll down the windows, put on some good driving jams and take to the open roads. Maybe they’ll stop at their favorite drive through on the way and pick up a snack that they would only let themselves eat on a trip like this. Or perhaps they’ll round up a few pals and take the road less wandered with their arms dangling out of the window, and the wind lightly hitting their faces as they cruise, with no exact destination. But, some people aren’t such a big fan of driving. Driving for them feels like a death sentence. They tense up when they’re behind the wheel and become anxious when they drive on the highway.
Well, these so-called “scaredy cats,” do have a point. As fun and freeing as driving can be, it can also be dangerous. Even on normal roads, accidents occur. As a driver, it’s important to stay alert at all times and follow traffic rules to avoid getting into an accident. With that being said, it’s impossible to control the state of your surroundings, i.e., other drivers, the road maintenance, and weather conditions. Well, in this list, we’ll cover the most dangerous roads in the world. These roads are not to be taken lightly. They get even NASCAR drivers fearing for their lives. The following roads vary drastically from your average work commute. Some of them pass through high mountains, with roads so narrow that only one car can pass at a time. Some of the roads are so remote, that if you run into a problem, help wouldn’t be able to make it to you for hours, if ever. And some of the roads are so high up in the mountains, that you feel like you’re driving off a cliff. So, check them out, and ask yourself, would you have what it takes to drive up and down these roads? Some of you may be adding these roads to your bucket list, while others, will feel quite grateful that your morning commute doesn’t involve these roads.
Paso de los Libertadores
This road running along the Chile-Argentina border may be one of the most scenic drives in the world, but unfortunately for the driver, he can’t take in the view at all. Rather, it’s vital for his safety and other passengers in the car and on the road that his eyes stay glued to the road at all times. The road climbs over 10,000 feet and winds through the Andes. The portion of the road which is particularly hazardous is called Los Caracoles, which means “the snails.” The reason for its name is that it has 20 hairpin turns.
The road here is not only steep but also swerves a lot. Messing around on Paso de Los Libertadores and not adhering to the reduced speed limit can result in fatalities. If the road doesn’t seem scary enough to you, then you should also know that there are no guardrails in parts of the road. Oh, and have we mentioned the potential here for rockslides and heavy snow? Yep, this is definitely one of the scariest drives in the world.