World’s worst places to break down.....

Discussion in 'OFF-Topic / Misc.' started by Lucky13, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,727
    Likes Received:
    1,064
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Having your vehicle break down at the side of the road is traumatic enough as it is. Making sure you can pull off far enough, hoping to have enough juice left in your phone to call a tow truck and frustration over potentially missing an appointment all add to the stress.

    But things can get a whole lot worse if your car gives out in the wrong place. Even the most remote UK highways look like a walk in park compared to this list of terrible car trouble locations: a group of so-called roads where injuries, kidnapping and death are real threats.

    Road of Death
    Any place that's dubbed the "Road of Death" ranks high on our list. The North Yungas Road in Bolivia was famously recognised as the worst road in the world in 1995 by the Inter-American Development Bank. Stretching 60-odd kilometres from the capital city of La Paz to Coroico, the road, in a terrible state of disrepair, winds along the mountains. The elevation is nearly 3,600 metres with hairpin turns galore, and no form of barrier between you and the near kilometre-long drop to the bottom.

    When at its peak for traffic, the road was used heavily by huge buses and transport trucks, which passed each other within millimetres of colliding. It is estimated that 200 people died each year on the Road of Death. Although a modern, fully paved bypass was opened in 2006, the North Yungas Road still sees a fair amount of traffic, this time with thrill seekers travelling by bike. Talk about a death wish.


    Lena Highway
    Canadians and Russians do more than chase each other in their airspaces over the Arctic - they also bitterly complain about the cold, and claim they own the coldest places on Earth (outside Antarctica). The wilds of Northern Manitoba may or may not be more pleasant than the Siberian plains, but at least Canadians don't have to deal with such a nasty road.

    The Russian highway system that links Moscow and Yakutsk, called the Lena Highway, is usually covered in snow and ice, which doesn't prove to be terribly challenging. But during the two brief months of summer, adding rain to the unpaved roads mean hip-deep mud, weeklong traffic jams and the unholy mess of trying to extricate thousands of vehicles stuck - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere.


    Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
    Although China is fast improving its infrastructure - sometimes with alarming consequences - most of its interior is still wild country. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway, a single-track road linking Chengdu and Tibet, is one of the most notorious thanks to its harsh topography and remote location.

    Stretching more than 2,400 km, the highway traverses 14 mountains, crosses wide rivers, and passes through some of the world's most hostile terrain. Definitely not the place you want your vehicle to break down if you don't want to be stranded for days.


    Halsema Highway, Philippines
    The 200-km Halsema Highway is one of the most dangerous places to be in a vehicle. Long stretches of this unpaved roadway are lined with huge open cliffs - without guardrails. And forget about travelling during the rainy season where rock and mud-slides can block large portions of the road. Perhaps the biggest danger to motorists is the local buses that treat the Halsema like a rally stage. In addition to the fast-moving buses, overturned vehicles and other crashed cars are a regular sight.


    Leh-Manali Highway, India
    Built and maintained by the Indian Army, the Leh-Manali Highway is like many others on this list - open only for a limited time each year. Heavy snowfall renders the highway unusable, and avalanches typically block the road as it winds through some of the highest mountain passes in the world, including Lachulung La, which is more than 5,000 metres. The unpredictable route is also jammed with large trucks that crawl, crash and flip along the narrow path.


    Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
    The highest paved road in the world is also the top route for tourists to get close to the world's largest mountain, K2. It took 20 years to build and claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the process, twisting and turning along some of the old paths from the Silk Road. The highway is currently closed because a rockslide in January created a new 22-km-long lake that gobbled up parts of the road. It is estimated to take two years before the mess is cleaned up.


    Skippers Road, New Zealand
    New Zealand is well-known for is spectacular vistas, and one of the most beautiful is Skippers Canyon, located near Queenstown. The unpaved road to get to the canyon is only 22-km long, but it's carved straight out of the natural schist rock. It was built in the 1890s to provide better access to the area for miners, and hasn't been improved since. In fact, the road is so dangerous that rental car companies have banned use of their vehicles on it. However, there are a number of rafting and boat tours that use the road, but local knowledge is essential to navigating it safely.


    Luxor-al-Ghurdaqah Road, Egypt
    Most drivers will agree with this logical statement: Sun goes down, headlights come on. Apparently not the many Egyptian drivers who travel the Luxor-al-Ghurdaqah Road, which winds down to the Red Sea. To them, it's perfectly natural to drive without the aid of lights, which obviously creates a challenge when meeting another car in the middle of the desert. During daylight hours, it's no more enjoyable when local bandits seek out fresh tourists.


    Mark Atkinson writes for MSN Autos Canada
     
  2. Aaron Brooks Wolters

    Aaron Brooks Wolters Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    15,719
    Likes Received:
    339
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Auto Restoration
    Location:
    Abingdon, VA.
    Interesting.:-k I think the first one in your list is now a History Channel show.:dontknow:
     
  3. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,740
    Likes Received:
    517
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    Certainly some places you really would not want to break down on. Top Gear here in the UK drove up the first one in one of their episodes last year. Terrifying road to say the least.
     
  4. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Driving at night without lights???????
     
  5. pbfoot

    pbfoot Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    Messages:
    7,636
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    niagara falls
    Any major highway on the prairies in a blizzard with whiteout, leaving you with the problem am I going to hit someone from behind or am I driving to slow and someones going to ram me
     
  6. bobbysocks

    bobbysocks Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    Messages:
    3,809
    Likes Received:
    181
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    a whiteout anywhere is "exciting". living near the falls you ought to get them on occasion...lake effect storms.
     
  7. pbfoot

    pbfoot Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    Messages:
    7,636
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    niagara falls
    #7 pbfoot, Nov 17, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
    We don't get the Lake effect all that often it stops about 10 miles away, but the scardest I've ever been was while driving from Fargo to Winnipeg in a Blizzard /whiteout not only where the road but traffic and the towns are few and far between . I got stranded on Lookout Pass on I 90 btween Montana and Idaho in a Blizzard in a 1971 Tercel with a very cheesy heater (loosing the keys in the snow or the Aleutian vet whose was permantly wired on Morphine are whole other stories )
     
  8. buffnut453

    buffnut453 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    227
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Virginia, US of A
    Yep. Had the same problem in Kenya. I worked there for 2 months and had to travel at some unusual times of the day between our hotel and the airport. It was actually cheaper to hire a minibus plus its driver, available 24/7, than it was to insure one of us to drive. Driving at night without headlights seemed to be the local sport - oh, and going around roundabouts the wrong way (yes, at night, too, without headlights). An experience never to be forgotten....!
     
  9. N4521U

    N4521U Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,633
    Likes Received:
    224
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    reduced to all around slobbing
    Location:
    Miranda, NSW
    You haven't mentioned any place in the South of the US. Didn't you see the guys from Top Gear driving from Florida to New Orleans??????
     
Loading...

Share This Page