Perfervid readers of our blog will remember, back in November, that we highlighted the global problem of hit and run accidents. Road collisions, whether between two drivers, or a vehicle and a pedestrian are a blight on every continent – and it doesn’t help when there are roads out there like the ones we’ll be checking out in today’s blog.
Yep, today we’re going to go global and look at some of the world’s most dangerous roads. At a time when, in the UK, only a quarter of road tax is actually spent on maintaining roads, it’s worth casting our eye at roads which, with a little investment, even a quarter of road tax, might make them many times safer.
Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia
Want to make the journey from Vladistok to St. Petersburg? Then you’re going to need a decent car with a full tank of gas, and plenty of courage. The road stretches for a frankly incredible 6,800 miles – built by gulag inmates – and is basically an impassable dirt track.
Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
Even fearless adventurers would balk at having to drive along Pakistan’s Fairy Meadows Road. Not only does it snake around the side of a cliff, but it’s a high-altitude, rocky, unstable dirt track that can cause serious issues for drivers.
Great St. Bernard Pass, Switzerland
If the Great St. Bernard Pass looks familiar to you, that’s because three iconic Mini Coopers were thrown from a coach in The Italian Job. The road itself dates back to the Bronze Age, and features 20 death-defying hairpin turns. Hold on lads, I’ve got a great idea…
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Forget The Italian Job though, with its paltry 20 hairpins. If you really want to risk life and limb, take a ride down Stelvio Pass, which has 48 of ‘em. The road is located 9,045ft above sea level, making it the second-highest paved pass in the Alps. BBC’s Top Gear named this the ‘greatest driving road….in the world.’
Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt
There are tons of reasons why the trip from the ancient Luxor to Hurghada is a risky business – although you wouldn’t think it to look at it. Sure, it’s paved, and there are signs along the 218 miles of road. But beware, it’s bandit country. That’s why at night, most drivers don’t use headlights. They don’t want to be ambushed, but it also means you won’t see their car until the crash.
The North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Know what Bolivia’s North Yungas Road is known locally as? ‘Death Road’. And that’s not a clever nickname. It’s a 40-mile, single lane cliff-top trip which has, on average, around 250 deaths every year. Not only that, but the fog and rain can impede a driver’s vision – which won’t end well.
Dalton Highway, Alaska
When you think of Yankee roads, you think Route 66 (Where you get your kicks), but the Dalton Highway in Alaska is about as treacherous as you can get in the States. A dusty 414-mile stretch, it passes just three towns and a whole lot of landscape. Trucks kicking up dirt can blind drivers. And then there are the massive potholes…
Despite how dangerous these roads are – for many different reasons – often it’s less about the road, and more about the reckless driving of others. Meanwhile, back in the UK, there are safeguards in place should you be struck by an uninsured driver. The Motor Insurer’s Bureau, a non-profit organisation acting under regulations from the Government, offer MIB claims. That means those unfortunate to be in an accident with an uninsured party can still receive compensation. If you find yourself in such a position, or know someone who is, we’re on hand to help. Simply contact us on 0800 0443 495 and our expert team will be delighted to assist with all of your enquiries.